One of the blessings of my life, which is especially pronounced because I came back home to live in the community in which I grew up, is the fact that I have a number of people in my life that have known me "forever." There's something special about the friends who knew me when I was five years old, who saw me with gaps in my grin as I lost my baby teeth, who were around when I sported my trademark Uneven Bang haircut, who clapped after I sang the solo "Germs" in the musical Down by the Creek Bank, and who still are kind enough to be my friends to this day! :)
It's been a pleasure to reconnect recently with one such person--Erin, who came over with her family not long ago for an evening of fun and games. Since we're both in this area, I had seen her from time to time during the past few years; but now that we have children in the same music class, I see her much more often and have thoroughly enjoyed the chance to get to know her better as adults.
She came over again yesterday; but this time, it was to work. :)
We tackled two bushels of apples and made them into applesauce--half for her and half for me. We didn't have to do all the work, however.
Her children helped, as did mine--when they weren't off jumping on the trampoline together, or drawing pictures for each other, or eating a picnic lunch outside on the patio in this gorgeous weather (so warm for November!). :)
...because it was time spent with friends!