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December 29, 2011

Making Time

This time of the year always seems so busy…even when I think I’m taking a simple, straightforward approach to things…even when – at least in comparison to some folks – I don’t feel like we have a million engagements to attend, or seven different sides of the family to fit in…there’s still always something to do, something shiny to draw my attention.

Amid the hustle and bustle this year, though, I have been able to step back and appreciate what has to be one of my favorite parts of the season.

It struck me when I got together with three of my twin mom friends on December 21, just a few days before Christmas. We met one evening at a downtown restaurant for appetizers and desserts, after our kiddos were in bed.

We had such a fun time, and it was so relaxed! We devoured three appetizers, and we shared a monstrous dessert, the whole time telling some pretty tall tales…such that I felt a little sorry for our waitress. She kept coming to check on us, and we’d say, “Oh, we’re fine, just talking.” She may have been wishing we’d hurry things up…or then again she may have been entertained by some of our shenanigans. (We’ll hope it was the latter…as long as she didn’t hear too much!)

I came home pretty exhausted, but so happy…happy to have been surrounded by such good company, and ultimately energized by the fun we’d had.

I know each of us had a to-do list a mile long, but for those couple of hours, our lists were forgotten. We made the time to share with each other, and what a great gift that was.

Over the past week, I’ve enjoyed several such experiences…connecting with friends, appreciating each other’s company, and enjoying the holiday season together.

I didn’t trade expensive gifts with any of my friends…but the gift of time, particularly carved out during such a busy season, is so much more than money can buy.


Johanna said...

What a spectacular holiday treat! A childless evening with friends is awesome anytime, but to get away from the stresses of the season is even better! Good for you. :)

Marcia (123 blog) said...

YOu know that's my favourite type of treat - true connection with friends :)

Miss Megan said...

Now that sounds AMAZING! I'm going to call up one of my friends right now and see if she'd like to join me tonight or tomorrow for such an event! LOL! They really are refreshing!

Barbara Manatee said...

That. Sounds. Awesome!!!

I so would love a great girls night out! So glad you had such a great evening with friends!! Definitely a special gift!

championm2000 said...

Good for you! Sounds like fun!

It really is about making time. I always find a million excuses. Maybe in 2012...