The week following Christmas was one of the best I have had in along time. It was a sustained parade of friends, family and good times.
It began with meeting an intelligent, wise and interesting friend for lunch and conversation that lasted four hours. It was a conversation that seemed to end too quickly. The evening continued with a pizza dinner with my dearest friend and her family that evening.
Later that week, I spent a wonderful evening with good friends. We drank a little, ate a little and had the kind of evening that results in laughter, stories, and possibilities for the future.
Friday was dancing, including a slow dance (admittedly, my favorite kind considering the company). The evening ended with a series of friendly hugs that seemed to never want to stop. I can’t possibly express in words the warm effect that had on this old “heart-on-his-sleeve” romantic. It is amazing what the love a friend can accomplish in one’s life.
New Year’s Eve was spent in the quirky world of another dear friend and her family. I use quirky solely as a term of endearment, as there are few things I value more than the glory of quirkiness. Consider that there was a lefse taste test, a couple of games, and a brand new keyboard, and believe me, it was a worthy way to ring in a New Year.
Sunday was family time, and though I was still exhausted from the night before, I always treasure time with my family. And even though they lost, I enjoyed watching the Vikings play.
Sure, there are still small heartbreaks in my life. Desire and dreams have a way of keeping some things always just out of reach. But I have spent too much time on that and missed some of the magic in my life.
I find myself wanting these magical experiences more and more often, which is a distinct reversal of the mental state I was in only one year ago. I’ve always been a little selfish, but this kind of selfishness – the desire to be around people as much as possible who make my life full and happy and interesting – seems like a GOOD kind of selfishness.
My life is blessed with amazing people, and I hope to let them know how amazing they are every chance I get this year.