Prior to our cross-country move ten plus years ago, we had great friends that we were closer to than some of our family.
For years, we watched our kids grow up, attended business functions together, saw grandkids arrive, helped each other with projects, shared wonderful dinners, and enjoyed too many other good times to count.
He always had a great garden, she was an exceptional cook, and in the winter months they would visit with pickles or salsa and sometimes home-made beer to brighten our meal. The delicious beer really brightened the meal.
But, when we moved this far away, they moved on with their lives, and we regretfully haven’t stayed in touch.
A couple of years ago, we parked too far back in a camping spot at Hampton Beach, and the neighboring campers came out to let us know we needed to pull forward a little. We all still chuckle that our friendship started because we had a new camper and backed up too far.
They have children and grandchildren of their own but treat ours like an extension of their family, and the feeling of being extended family is mutual.
He has a large garden, and she makes delicious relishes, pickles, jams, and jellies. They are so generous with everything – even their maple syrup.
We camped with them at Lake Winnepesaukee this week, and they brought us fresh blackberries and apples picked from their yard.
I froze some for the cold winter months, made some blackberry cobbler for dessert last night, ate some on my cereal this morning, and made some muffins. Some of the apples will be eaten fresh and some are already in the freezer for a future dessert. Good eating.
Here’s hoping you have good friends that enrich your lives and just the thought of their friendship brings a smile to your face.
“Goodbyes always make my throat hurt… I need more hellos.” Charlie Brown
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