Friendship

Friendship is the theme for this month’s blog if we want to stick to it.  I thought well I’ll see what I can come up with in the forms of friendships I have bonded to through the years.  download Two of my best friends are both retired school teachers who play scrabble with me on line.  They allow me to win once in awhile.  It’s kinda a love/hate relationship, depending who is ahead.

Another group of friends are my critique partners.   That too  is compromised by how much red ink splotches my manuscript pages.  However, what would I do without them.  A true friend is one who suffers with you and reading my rough drafts are painful.
critique (2) My life is complete with my golfing buddies.  We have such fun, however that too depends on who wins the quarters.  Here we are sharing a drink of Fountain of Youth water I brought back from a trip to Florida.  We are so much younger after the swallow.

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Then there is first friendship.  This is my great grandson and his first true friend.

Brycen & Claire (2)

Protect your friendships with laughter and love.

Marie

The Best Gift Ever

The Best Gift ever for me was a ping back one.  One Christmas I did not know what I would give my daughter-in-law, Karen.  Then it dawn on me that she liked to make evergreen centerpieces for her friends, and Karen lives on the flatlands of Montana with no access to cedar, fir, balsam, or blue spruce.  I pestered my husband to driving up into our nearby mountains and help cut evergreens for Karen.  We packaged a large box full and sent it to her.  She called and excitedly claimed it was her best gift everHomerun for mother-in-law.

ginacent    About three years later my granddaughter, Karen’s daughter, decided to have a late November wedding and, of course, they wanted to do a Christmas theme.  I was asked to send lots and lots of greenery.  Okay.  I didn’t want to go into the mountians alone, so pestered my friend, Jo, to go with me.  “No way,” she said.  “Nope.  Nah.  Never.”  By the time we finished our 18 holes of golf, she had relented.

On the morning we left for the high country, I called her to tell her the time our adventure would begin, and I added, “Be sure and wear bright colors, something orange if you have it, so we won’t get shot by hunters.”  Stupid thing to say.  After much of her bemoaning and my cajoling, she loaded up and away we went.  We cut scads of lovely, fresh, aromtic boughs, just dripping with essence, and I mailed them off.  Jo’s gift of going into the cold, high country, during hunting season with me has been a gift I chuckle over and will always remember.  Jo is a good sport.

This is one of the 26 center pieces needed for the wedding.  They also wanted me to make all the black table runners.  Gotta love those flatland women.

mariemartin  Marie F Martin