Daily Reflections From My Window

April 6, 2021 Tuesday: Hoop Day


“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

C. S. Lewis

So what’s on my mind today? Friendship. Just read that quote from C.S. Lewis again. He’s a smart guy!

I’ve been lucky in my life to have very good friends. I’m not a group friend person. Meaning that I am not like a sorority friend kind of person. I don’t need a group. My friendships are more one on one. Now that doesn’t mean that I don’t have groups of friends. I do! But my deep friendships are ones I form one on one. I don’t know if that even makes sense!

Last night, we had the pleasure of inviting Leila Lou and Steve Baldwin to our home for a visit. They are traveling to see one of their kids up north and noticed when planning their trip that we were on the way. We are so glad that they made a stop here! They are delightful! Now here’s the thing. Steve and Jay are fraternity brothers from college. I have only met them in the context of college reunions. Let’s face it. When in a group, people kind of revert back to their pecking order in groups like that. Sort of like when you haven’t seen your siblings in a while. You can only “grow up” when you do it simultaneously. Leila Lou made the point perfectly when she was talking about another person we know who enjoys treating people the way he did in college. He hadn’t progressed and it was time to move on from him.

So, we were thrilled to spend time with LL and Steve, one on one. Leila Lou is always a delight to be around! I think Steve and Jay forged a deeper friendship as adults by being together without the rest of the crowd.

First up, Leila Lou wanted to see the alpacas and after a little bit of caution on their part, once we brought out the food, they were all over her.

Kapi leads the way. 

Dovis was supervising and Bea just wanted to smell her hand. Pippa never turns down a treat!

And Flo loves to photobomb.

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I love the giggle!

I think we wore her out.

After a wonderful dinner of steaks on the grill, lovingly tended by Jay and Steve and cooked to perfection, they taught us how to play Rummikub. I think it’s our new favorite game! Here’s why: it was easy to learn-probably because Leila Lou is a great teacher and explained it well and we were up and running in no time. Have you played it? What do you think?

Today we are moving a little slow, but I hear some movement so I’m thinking about breakfast. We definitely need to introduce them to our little town and get a cup of coffee from the best Barista!

I wish she could hoop with me tonight but they have to leave earlier.

In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!