Cherish the friends that make tomorrow better than yesterday! ~Editor Bob
“Blueberry, chocolate or caramel?” Aaliyah bellowed from the kitchen as she pondered over a list of ingredients needed for baking a cheesecake.
“Blueberry,” I said as I entered the kitchen.
Adding the last few elements to her list, Aaliyah folded the paper, grabbed her purse and we were out of the door. We were on a mission to bake the best cheesecake in town.
For many days now, Adrian, Donna, Kate, Megan, Steve, Aaliyah and I had been planning to have a dessert rendezvous to beat the summer heat. Each of us had decided what we were bringing to a dessert potluck at our home and we were making a cheesecake!
Within 30 minutes, we had picked up all the necessary ingredients and were back home. We both immediately jumped into action, beating the cream cheese, whisking the eggs and blending all the ingredients together. Once in the oven, Aaliyah’s eyes kept darting to see how it was coming along.
When the oven ring went off, she ran towards it. Her eyes gleaming, she took it out of the oven, satisfied, relieved and ecstatic about what we had been able to create. It took a lot of willpower to not devour it immediately.
Next day, our house was buzzing with people and the smell of delicious desserts. As everyone began placing their creations on the table, Aaliyah went to take hers out of the fridge as well. While walking, she tripped and the whole cake went smashing on the floor.
Her face fell, she was devastated. All the effort and love she had put in the day before, had come down to nothing. What happened next was surprising and wonderful at the same time.
Kate picked up a fork and began eating from the floor! All the others gathered suit. There were 6 adults eating from the floor. We had a good laugh later. It was a delightful, appetite satisfying afternoon, meeting all our expectations.
As we sat around the living room, laughing and chatting away, I realized how lucky I was to be surrounded by these wonderful people, who I have the greatest fortune to call my friends for so many years now. How lucky I was to be able to create new remarkable memories and relive the old ones.
What everybody ought to know about old friends is that come hail, rain or storm, he/ she has got your back. They will do the strangest things to keep that smile on your face, no matter how small the problem is.
It is the greatest joy to have a group of friends you can be yourself with, without any hang-ups or worries. A group of friends are a strong support system that you can fall back on in the toughest times and enjoy with in the happiest of times.
Celebrate those strong bonds in your life that bring joy to your life and the friends that will eat your cheesecake from the floor!