Friday, March 6, 2009

Friends

My grandmother always told me that friends are very important. I have always recognized the importance of friends but especially appreciate them at this time in my life. Two friends of mine, Tom and Gail, invited me to dinner with them in State College where they reside. Daughter Sheila accompanied me.

Tom and Gail live in town houses across the street from each other. Both worked with me for years at the intermediate unit. Tom was Director for Curriculum and Professional Development. While in that position, he also worked with the Department of Education on statewide projects. Tom left the intermediate unit to become a superintendent of schools. He retired from that position. Gail was an Early Childhood Consultant. She is an expert in her field and has spent time in China working on their early childhood programs. She retired after I did. She currently evaluates early childhood programs across the United States. Daughter Sheila came with me. We met at Gail's house. Then Tom drove us to the Allen Street Grill where we had a wonderful meal.

Sheila, Sweetie, Gail (standing)
Tom (sitting)
We had a wonderful evening - friendship, conversation, and good food. It was so nice to see both and to catch up on their lives.


Thanks Tom and Gail for a wonderful evening!

30 comments:

Diane said...

Sweetie, I completely understand where you're coming from. I am so happy you had the chance to gather with your old friends to catch up and visit. I know the pain you're feeling and the emptiness. Friends are such a blessing, especially at a time such as this. And,what a wonderful gift for you! I know you'll enjoy trying out the recipes. Thank you for sharing your visit with us. God bless you Sweetie!

Diane

Constance said...

Good friends are like medicine for the soul!

I can relate to your new flooring. 2 years ago, we had the house recarpeted, every room except the kids bedrooms. It was pure chaos and I hated every minute of the mess! I am glad we did it but never want to do that ever again!
Connie

Raggedy Girl said...

Sweetie:
First of all thank you for telling me the photos were not there yesterday. I wanted you to post on my Giveaway. How nice your friend gave you such a thoughtful gift.

Have A Really Fun Friday
from Roberta Anne

prof en retraite said...

Hi Sweetie...Isn't it nice to get a chance to visit with old friends? I have one friend I've known since I was five! You share so much and it seems like you've not even been apart...the conversation just picks right up where you left off. I've been busy and have gotten behind. I need to visit some of your previous posts to get caught up. Have a great weekend...hugs...Debbie

Sharon said...

Sweetie
I am glad that you had a chance to get out and visit with your friends.
It looks like you had a great time.
Your daughter is beautiful.
Have a blessed weekend.

♥ Kathy said...

How wonderful that you got to get together! You can tell how happy that made you in the picture ♥ and what a neat cookbook! Have a nice Friday Sweetie :)

Smilingsal said...

You'll have to try some of those recipes and take pictures of your red hat group's doings.

Nancy said...

I am so happy you had a nice time with your daughter and your friends. An evening out can be very good therapy.
Hope you are getting organized again after the floors.
Love Nancy

HappyHermit said...

Friends are such wonderful treasures.

Krista said...

Hello there - I have stopped by your blog once before. Very beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Krista

Anne said...

It sounded like you had a nice evening out with your daughter and two other friends. I didn't know that the red hat society had a book out. That's a nice gift. =)

jeanne said...

Hi Sweetie, thank you for your kind comment on my daughters. We both are so blessed aren't we?

It is a wonderful thing to have friends to lean on at this time in your life. Your photo is a sweet memory.

Hugs...Jeanne

bj said...

Oh, boy...Sweetie..I wanna a pic of you in your Red Hat...
I so treasure my friends, too and don't think I could make it without them...
xo bj

Linda said...

What a nice evening you had with your friends....that is a great picture of you all, and the cookbook from Gail looks like it is going to have some special recipes....enjoy. Hugs, Linda

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

There is nothing that can compare to true friendship, I am so glad that you have that in Tom and Gail!! Thank you for sharing.
Blessings,
Sue

Bo said...

Hi Sweetie...Your friends value you just as much as you value them too I feel sure...There is nothing better than a warm hug from a dear friend! ;-) Bo

TheWritersPorch said...

Hey Sweetie....new floors and dinner with old friends, you are getting on with it girl!I want to see you in that Red Hat too! Let us know if you find some really good recipes in that cookbook!
Hugs,
Carol

Ruthie said...

True friends are a blessing.
That cookbook looks interesting.
How do you like the Red Hats??? It always looks like they are having a wonderful time.
Hugs.

Mrs. B. Silly said...

Tom and Gail sound like very special people and friends. I'm so glad that you have so many lovely people in your life.
Hugs, Bridget

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

What would we do without our friends.They are truly our treasures.

Gattina said...

16 grandchildren !!! and I don't even have one, lol !

Rafter's-n-Henderson said...

sweetie.... Sounds like you had a great time. It is nice to have such wonderful friends... Enjoy your new cookbook and I will look forward to any recipe's you share. Loving Thoughts. Jaime

Rafter's-n-Henderson said...

sweetie.... Sounds like you had a great time. It is nice to have such wonderful friends... Enjoy your new cookbook and I will look forward to any recipe's you share. Loving Thoughts. Jaime

Jill said...

I am glad you had a nice dinner. You needed a night away fromt the floor mess! :)

Kathy said...

Friends are such a big part of joy in life! I'm so gld you have such lovely friends, Sweetie. It sounds like you had a great time. Have a beautiful weekend...Kathy

whoopsadasie said...

Hi Sweetie,

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am now a follower of yours.

Good friends are always a great thing to have!

Elizabethd said...

Thank you so much for your visit....always good to meet new friends, though our old ones are so important too, as yours are!

Helen said...

Here's to good friends, forever !!!

Neas Nuttiness said...

Makes me think of that old Girl Scout song...
Make new friends,
But keep the old.
One in Silver
And the other is Gold!

Love Bears All Things said...

I'm so happy you had this special time with your friends. Honey Bear and I drove through State College once on our way back to Pittsburgh from your side of the state.
Mama Bear