It’s that time of year when Christmas isn’t far off — it could be the lousy month of November when rain should be a less messy snow — that triggers how important it is to keep in touch with good friends.
The Bells from Creemore, for example, among a few others, who make getting together something you carry away with you.
This happened when we met Maddie and Matthew Storey – he’s our nephew – for dinner last Friday night at the local SCADDABUSH ITALIAN KITCHEN & BAR. The hugs, the kisses on both cheeks, adding to it all.
The clatter of dishes, the loud hum of voices, the music added to the evening. For starters, we ordered two prosciutto specials served on a pine board with sea salt, fig jam and hand-stretched mozzarella cheese. Medium/rare steaks and frites for Matt and I; pasta for our wives.
The chatter, smiles and talk between us was genuine and warm; the wives cutting in when their husbands’ versions were ‘way off track.’ The meal ended too soon, with each of us knowing there would be more of these get-togethers in the coming months.
Author’s comment: We should cherish these moments, shared with those we love the most. I like to tuck them away, reminding me good friends are a needed buffer against what life has lined up for us.
An admission: Three unexpected deaths lately prompted what I’ve written; one being our beloved 12-year-old German shepherd, Maxx.