Spring Break – with little to do! This kind of opportunity rarely presents itself!! This morning I had the chance to meet two good friends for breakfast. A luxury!! This is something I never get the chance to do and the three of us spent a few hours just catching up. I talk to them often, but usually other things are going on, distractions that keep us from focusing on each other; kids are needing us, pets need to be walked, work to be done…never just the three of us alone. It was great. I almost felt guilty sitting there leisurely for two hours! I felt like there was something else that I should have been doing!! The three of us took notice of how many other people were out for breakfast that day. Some of them dressed in tennis skirts and workout clothes, a few having breakfast meetings and others, like us, just enjoying a nice breakfast out. Made me a little envious of “the stay at home mom”. The three of us talked about everything from family, exercising, upcoming vacations, new recipes – everything.
The three of us have been friends for years. Long before having kids, jobs and “adult stresses”. We used to be able to get together much more often. This week, my boys are off from school but old enough to be on their own. Their children are all in school. If they weren’t, this breakfast could never have happened. This was a breakfast, where none of us had any other commitments. There was no one else to tend to other than ourselves. Just three close friends catching up, as if not even a day had gone by. We just fell right back into our old conversations, sharing what has been going on and reconnecting with each other.
I know as our children get older, we will be find a way to balance their schedules and we will fall back into some of our old routines and get the chance to socialize more. Maybe not for a long leisurely breakfast like today, with the constraints of our jobs, but after work for dinner or happy hour. Until then though, we will grab the opportunities when we can and appreciate the times that we do get with each other, no matter how few and far between they might be.