Sunday, August 14, 2011
Butterflies and Blueberries
But today I spent with a special group of friends. Today was the third anniversary of the loss of a special friend. One of his wishes was that his friends and family get together each year on this day.
His parents host the event and, as per Tim's hope, it is less of a sad day when we are all together laughing and sharing. Having his two little girls running around entertaining us doesn't hurt either.
The girls (his girls) decided 3 years ago that their Dad was now a butterfly so the symbol is everywhere. His sister and I exchange something each year. This year I received a beautiful pair of butterfly earrings from her.
Before I left, Tim's Mom told me she had something in the kitchen for me ---- a 2 litre ice cream container filled with fresh blueberries she hand picked yesterday. Not a leaf or a twig in the container. And these are not those large high bush berries - they are the small sweet low bush berries. It must have taken her hours to fill that container. I felt a little guilty taking them but she said if I left without them she would kill me! Now, what will I make with them??
It was a perfect day with great friends. It might make going back to work tomorrow a little less painful. Why is it the last night of vacation feels like "dead man walking"?