Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Now is the time

The other afternoon 2 of my closest friends came over to visit because both of them took the day off from work and had kids to entertain and I invited them. Now I've known these 2 ladies since before I could drink legally. For about...holy crap, for about 16 years now! (Damn!) We get together fairly often, I'd say. One of them--I'll call her Queen B--has a daughter a year older than Sister and they've gotten to where they play together just beautifully. The other some of you will already know as Mommygoth. Her Miss K is 5 months older than my little Bean, and we both have high hopes that they'll be good friends, too, once they're both old enough not to snatch coveted toys out of the other's hands and steal sippy cups that don't belong to them.

We 3 ladies sat out on my porch under warm, sunny skies. We sipped sweet iced tea like the good Southern girls we are, and we got caught up on each other's lives in the little interims between kid supervising tasks. Then at one point Queen B said, "Damn, we sure have a mess of kids now!" We all looked around and realized how many of them there are. And suddenly I realized that this is the life and the home I've always wanted to make for myself. Since I was young, I have wanted one of those homes that people feel comfortable in, where things are lively and comfy, where there's tasty food and drinks, and where people feel relaxed and tell jokes and stories and hang out. Now, I'll grant you that my friends and I used to have much more time to hang out without worrying about getting dinner started or kids in baths or homework done. But that was in crappy rental houses, with people who were bad for us for one reason or another. I think this is really it now. This is that life. Woo-hoo!

11 comments:

Piece of Work said...

Sounds like a fantastic day! I so wish I could have spent the day with you gals!

Queen Beth said...

What a wonderful realization! I love it when contentment smacks me in the face!!

Dawn said...

I am so jealous - it sounds wonderful!

Stacie said...

Good friends, family and good food! What more is there in life? Saw you on Southern Belles blog, thought I'd check it out, and I love it! Will be back...

Belle said...

Yes, that is indeed the life!

cubmommy said...

Sounds like a great day! So relaxing!

Amber said...

Ahhh, contentment. Feels good. Sounds like fun! I want to come hang out!!

Nikkie said...

Sounds like a great time!

Laura said...

What a wonderful feeling that is! I like how queen beth put it.

Mommygoth said...

Right on, SugarMama. It was a lovely afternoon, wasn't it? Made even more lovely in my memory by the fact that Miss K has NOT come down with hand foot and mouth yet....and hopefully will not. :-> See you tomorrow, cookie!

VenturaMom said...

What a wonderful day. What a wonderful life.