My FIL has just celebrated a milestone birthday, for which his wife threw a party. We spent the afternoon chatting away with people we've not seen much of over the years. People we'd love to spend more time with, but our lives have all moved along to other places. Some not that far away and others quite a lot further. It was such a blessing to renew some very long-grounded friendships from our past. Those people form part of the rich tapestry that our lives are.
And then there were the grandchildren. Our kids are smack bang in the middle between the 'older' cousins and the 'little' cousins. Mr Busy played with the little kids ~ the next one down from him is one year younger. Our girls sat at a table with the older three. It was a great pleasure to see the five of them serving food together and then to watch them enjoying one another's company.
Last night we had some friends come up after dinner to spend the evening chatting and catching up. It seems to have been the theme for the day. A rather nice theme, worthy of our time and attention. A theme that busy lives often send to the background of our days. Perhaps that's what long weekends in the middle of winter are really for. Days when it's wintry and dull outside just beg for the bright warmth of good friendships and time spent together.