Friends are like Little Pots of Gold
Crossing the uplands of time, Skirting the borders of night, Scaling the face of the peak of dreams, We enter the region of light, And hastening on with eager intent, Arrive at the rainbow’s end, And here uncover the pot of gold Buried deep in the heart of a friend.
A few weeks ago, we went to our friends’ house for dinner and we left wondering what we ever did to deserve all the wonderful friends we have and all the amazing people who have welcomed us into their lives? The dinner was as wonderful as the conversation was. EVERYTHING we ate was produced on their own property except for the feta cheese in the salad!!! We had chicken which they raised organically, and I can say it was the best chicken I have ever had. It was accompanied by roasted potatoes, salad that you expect to see in a high-end restaurant and so many other delectable morsels. It was one of those experiences where you don’t want to go home, and when we did it was late after a few glasses of wine but then we were only a 5 minute walk from home.
Prior to this about 4-1/2 years ago we built a new home just off of Brenton Page Road and once we were finished we decided to invite everyone on our little street of 9 homes to a small party for appies, drinks etc. so we could get to know them better and more so to say thank you for putting up with us building and disrupting our narrow little street with the likes of huge trucks delivering trusses, windows and everything else that goes along with building. We diligently delivered notes to people on the nights before deliveries, so they were not stuck waiting for long periods of time when they needed to go to work or do anything else that day. It just seemed like the right thing to do and looking back on that I think it sent a message that we wanted to be good respectful neighbours and valued their time as much as we valued getting the house built. As a result, we have been accepted into this little piece of paradise and our neighbours have made us feel very comfortable and accepted here. We tend to have long talks with those passing by and have been invited to other neighbors’ homes for drinks and dinners.
What we didn’t expect was to be so embraced by others in the area who didn’t live on our little street. Many people in the area would stop by occasionally to see what the heck we were doing and why it was taking so long…. Which is a long story in itself but maybe better suited to a drink and a few laughs. One of the couples that we talked to from time to time as they strolled by, lived just a couple minute walk away down Brenton Page Road. These were two of the nicest people we had ever met, you know the kind where you meet them, and it feels like you have known them forever.
Well, as we got to know these new friends they invited us over for dinner with some of theirs friends and neighbours but unfortunately we were going to be away and then on the next invite we were also going to be away and I started feeling bad about this as we really wanted to come over. This was back in the OLD days a couple of years ago when we could all travel and we thankfully did a lot of that. As we were feeling bad about this, I said to them “we feel terrible that both times you invite us over with friends for dinner and both times we are away. Why don’t you go ahead without us and we will get together when we get back” To out utter astonishment, we were told, “oh no we can’t have dinner without you, you are the guest of honour”. I said, “pardon?”. She then started to explain that they wanted to have us over with all their friends so their friends could all meet us. WOW!!!!! We were really floored. How special is it to have new friends wanting to invite you to meet all their friends to welcome you to the neighbourhood? This was a unique and wonderful experience for us, and we started to realize how special our new friends are…and they ARE very special!!!
We have become very close friends and we feel honoured to be included in their social network. They are interesting, talented, funny and just plain old fun to be around, from great dinners, to concerts in their yard, to badminton and bocce ball in they yard this coming weekend. I guess if there is a point to this story it is that one of the most wonderful things in life are the people you meet, your family and kids and grandkids and all those special moments that they all bring to your life. To both my wife and I, the material things will always be in the background as the real jewels in life are your friends and family without which the material things have little meaning. Maybe now that things are opening up again, it would be a good time to invite a few interesting people over for dinner to meet each other, respecting the accepted 6 maximum, and you may be surprised by the interesting conversations and friendships that evolve. Last night we were invited out to an incredible wiener schnitzel meal at a family members home that we just sold a townhome too. Just one more of those amazing nights to be thankful for.
Hope you all have an AWESOME weekend!!!
Brian & Myles McCullough, RE/MAX of Nanaimo
#1-5140 Metral Drive
Nanaimo, BC V9T 2K8
Office: (250) -751 – 1223