There will always be ladies who lunch. Always. And apparently they live a long time.
Tyari came to me as a second-grader, and I loved her so much she went with me to 3rd grade the following year. Since my classroom was en route to the before/after school program, I was blessed to see Tyari nearly every day even when she was in 4th and 5th grades. I wonder if she has any idea how much her brief visits meant to me.
When Tyari went to middle school, my son, James, was working in the music department, so I kept up with how Tyari was doing. (Shhh! Don't tell James, but sometimes I was more thrilled by Tyari's enthusiastic greetings than some of the middle school music.)
It was so fun to expect to pick up my former student for our lunch date, and instead see a lovely young woman come to the door. Panera Bread seemed like a good choice for us to catch up. Over brownies, and salad, and lemonade, Tyari shared about school, family, hopes and dreams for the future. She decided Panera is her new favorite restaurant, so we're planning another date next month.
One of the things I quickly grew to love in my former school district was going out with the girls. That was basically a new experience for me. Different schools meant different outings. Though I'm not a consumer of alcohol, fellowship with friends even took me to a couple of "dive" bars. Over winter break, my dear friend, Deb, shared a gift certificate and a divine lunch at McCormick & Schmick's. Quite a range of gathering places!
From dives to divine, it's all about choosing to spend time with folks you care about, isn't it? I'm always amazed how energized I am after an outing with friends, and feeling more blessed than ever by the people in my life. Jesus seemed to enjoy breaking bread with His friends, too.
What's your favorite outing with friends? Is it food, sports, or fine arts? Is your soul refreshed by the fellowship?
I'm linking this post to Giving Up on Perfect and Coffee for Your Heart.
6 And He *directed the people to sit down on the ground; and taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks and broke them, and started giving them to His disciples to serve to them, and they served them to the people. 7 They also had a few small fish; and after He had blessed them, He ordered these to be served as well. 8 And they ate and were satisfied; and they picked up seven large baskets full of what was left over of the broken pieces.