Saturday, June 04, 2011

Fun Day

We invited our friends Charlie, Yvonne, and Randall Watts over for dinner this evening. We got out earlier today to gather flowers for the house, before the heat began to bear down like a microwave.  We picked wild hydrangeas, lilies, and a few daisies from our garden for the table, bathroom,  and living room.
Charlie and Yvonne have never been here before, so I made sure the directions were good. At 20 after 5:00 I called to see if they were lost -- they were.
So I drove to the forks of the river which is an intersection where most people get sidetracked when they come to our house.
I led them here and as we made our way inside, I could smell the double chocolate brownies baking as we stepped on the front porch.
I met Charlie years ago when I worked for a local newspaper, and he was the press secretary for Congressman Tom Bevill. Charlie was always kind to me and I never forgot it.
Then a few years, our friend Edie reintroduced us to Charlie, and this time we met his wife Yvonne and their son Randall. These folks are what I love about the south. They're smart, kind hearted, and fun to be with.
It's the first time we've had company since we finished with our construction and it felt good. 
After we ate, we sat around talking about books, music, and good food.  He's led an interesting life and has that unique ability to "put you there" when he tells you an anecdote. He's one of the best story tellers I've ever met.
I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday evening.
I hope you all have as much fun as we've had today.


  1. It is wonderful to visit with good friends. My daughters held a garage sale today and earned $210. My mom came over and we played rummy. We did have a fun day.

  2. What a nice way to spend a Saturday and the best way to inaugurate your brand new construction too!! Yay! take care

  3. Sounds like a great bunch of people. Glad you enjoyed it.

  4. The kind of evening you describe is what I miss about being married. I've had dinner parties, card parties, hot tub parties, salon evenings since I've been alone and although Lenny often attends, it's not like the married couple evenings I remember.

    Very nice essay.

  5. Hi, Rick.

    Sounds like a great evening, once they arrived.

    Reminded me of one of Yogi Berra's quotes: "When you come to a fork in the road....take it." :)

    Have a good weekend. ...Marsha

  6. Anonymous8:02 PM

    Sounds like you had a great day!! Yesterday wasn't too much fun for me...a lot of work in preparation for my sister's high school graduation party next weekend...but I'm sure the work will be worth it :D


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