Of Authenticity and Friendship
no plans, left-overs for dinner, pajamas until noon, marathon board game sessions, 6 hours of Lonsome Dove, dirty diapers, cooking and washing dishes, minor plumbing work, disc golf…
This is how Beth and I spent last weekend. Pretty mundane and typical. At first glance seems no different than most free weekends we have. But, last weekend was incredible as we spent it in Tallahassee with two of our closest and oldest friends Catherine and Dave* and our daughters.
What was so incredible about the weekend is just how ordinary it was. There was no evidence of the 5 months that had elapsed since we were last together. There were no expectations and there was not a need “to be doing something.” Instead, we just hung out… exactly like we did in high school, and in college, and in our early married lives.
Everytime we get together, it always strikes me how natural things are. In fact both this weekend and the last time we were together in the Smokies, I had a hard time finding pictures. I think that’s because there has never been the feeling that what we were doing was “special” as much as it was just a regular weekend together.
Beth and I have many close friends, some of whom we have known for decades, but there is something special about our relationship with the Altmaiers as it epitomizes authenticity and friendship.
*Dave has “retired” his blog, but we are trying to encourage him to start it back.