Good friends are like stars,
You don't always see them, but you know they're always there.
It's a very different setting for this morning's Sunday morning post.
We're back in my home town of Painesville, Ohio and being that it's September, yesterday's trip to Szalay's farm stand in Akron pointed out something we just don't see much of in Florida - a distinct change in seasons. There were pumpkins everywhere, along with a three acre corn maze, dried corn stalks, Indian corn, hot cider and scene after scene to remind us we weren't in the tropical environment of Florida's gulf coast. But while all of that was fun, along with playing with a Lumix FZ1000, the best part of the day was taking the time for family and great friends.
Everybody hopefully has at least one special friend or couple who are more like family, than just friends. Well, meet Melissa and "Hoss". We always stay at their house when we're back in Ohio and it's as comfortable as being in our own home.
Here's my point: Nothing beats great friendships, but you don't get to truly appreciate them if you're always too busy to take the time to reconnect. I've written a lot about time being our most precious commodity. Well, the more you use it right, the more precious it becomes. It's a beautiful Sunday here and a family cook-out is on the agenda for later in the day.
Everybody hopefully has a series of different things that can recharge your battery. Sheila and I have a few of them and one is time with great friends and reenforcing a friendship that goes back easily 20+ years. We've chuckled over old stories and we've laughed untiI it hurts. But, if I told anybody what we were laughing about it simply wouldn't make sense.
Szalay's isn't the only thing we don't have in Florida..we don't have Melissa and Hoss!
It's one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
As always, spend time with friends and family today. Cherish those moments from the past just as much as the new memories you make today. And, as always, hug somebody you love for eleven seconds! Wishing everybody a terrific weekend!