Day 158: A Circle of Friends

11 Sep

When we were living in Portland about 20 years ago, we met Julie and her husband because we lived in the same apartment building as them. They had recently moved from Oklahoma. They were both funny, smart and told interesting stories and we loved spending time with them. It wasn’t long before they began to introduce us to their friends and we became a part of that circle. Randy and Deirdre, also from Oklahoma, were among that group of friends who welcomed us.

We’ve shared a lot over the last two decades. Julie was there when my husband and I went to the hospital to deliver my son. She (and my husband) spent many hours walking with me, rubbing my back and helping me make it through the night. She says I was a bit melodramatic near the end – and she is probably right. As I look back, I don’t know if I ever really thanked her for being there with us – Julie, I hope you know that I was honored to have your company.

A month or so later, Randy and Deirdre attended a wedding I agreed to cater when I was still pregnant. I guess I didn’t think things through very well because when the wedding date arrived, I had a plan for everything except what to do with my new baby during the event. Luckily, Randy and Deirdre offered to hold him and keep him for me while I prepared and served the meal. Thanks to both of them my son and I both made it through the reception okay.

Over the years, we’ve shared some challenging times as we have each had to deal with a variety of life’s crisis but we have shared wonderfully joyous times as well. One extra special moment was when Julie married Mike a few years ago. How they met is a long and fascinating story that includes a hurricane, a flood, a bunch of cats and several cross country drives. We are all thrilled that they found each other!

After not seeing each other for a long while, tonight we gathered at Randy and Deirdre’s and shared a feast. We toasted new jobs, an outstanding graduate, grants sent in and papers published, a new non profit, a grand opening, (working towards) a year of pies, and Randy, a man who can smoke olive oil and make chocolate covered bacon ice cream. AMAZING! I thank my lucky stars that we found that apartment in Portland, which lead to meeting this wonderful circle of friends.

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2 Responses to “Day 158: A Circle of Friends”

  1. Deirdre September 17, 2011 at 11:54 AM #

    What a lovely evening we had and thank you for pie 158, a Dutch Apple Pie! Delicious! And we did have a lot to toast! Seems the toasting was as long as the dinner:) We’re all so fortunate and can’t wait for our next gathering. Thanksgiving?…..let’s talk:)

  2. Julie September 18, 2011 at 11:35 AM #

    Karen,
    Thank you sharing your deliciousness with us, starting with your friendship, and including all the years of sweet goodness that you have shared, most recently pie 158! Your gift of creating and sharing the most heavenly expressions of love has always amazed me, especially your birthday biscotti!! And thank you for allowing me to share in the birth of your son… I will never forget that special moment that we all saw him for the first time, and how fiercely and maternally protective of him I felt… And still feel! Love, Julie

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