Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A weekend delayed

Months ago, while winter held sway in the hills of western Maine, one of my favorite writers and her spouse (both of whom my spouse and I are proud to call friends) planned to visit and shake off the doldrums of their inhospitable city in our lovely winter woods. We e-mailed and phoned and planned for the weekend, but at the last minute, had to reschedule due to a persistent flu in our house. Sadly, while we coughed our way back to health, they were experiencing great sadness due to a careless driver who did not respect a crosswalk. Emergency rooms, surgery and physical therapy have been their unwelcome companions since.

Finally, though, an e-mail last week. Beth, we are well enough to travel, the cast is off his arm and he can drive. Perhaps we could come to Maine?

Yes, of course, please do come to visit

We had a perfect weekend of talking and walking and seeing sights that were beautiful and healing. We ate good food and laughed at each other's jokes and stories.

On Sunday morning, he decided to shed a vestige of the accident and the long hair and beard fell victim to a trimmer purchased at the local Walmart. We sprinkled the beard hair under the bushes for the birds to take and weave into their nests--little babies will sleep in the softness of something that had once been a sign of despair

8 comments:

Kathiesbirds said...

Beth, you are a wonderful friend and host. How kind of you to have these people over. I will miss seeing you this summer as it looks like I will be on a fast and furious trip without my own car to get around in! I hope someday you will consider a visit to Tucson! I'm glad your friends are well. Gus and I have been fighting that cold/flu thing this past week. He just went back to work today.

Sweet dreams little birdies!

beth said...

what a wonderful weekend....and I love the fact that his hair was left for the birds....simply amazing !

Kirigalpoththa said...

That is a great scenery!

Jayne said...

How great they finally got to "get away" to your mountains and have some restorative time. :c)

The Texican said...

Great stuff. Glad you were able to get together. I know The and Spouse enjoyed their time with you too. Pappy

Beth said...

One of my favorite posts, because of its simplicity and the fragrance of friendship.

TheElementary said...

Oh, wow. I got a surprise to see these pictures :) Your words are beautiful and kind. We had the best time last weekend. Hope to do more soon!
This was so well written, especially the very last line.

julochka said...

what a treat to see The and Spouse! i had read the story about the hair on Crumbs, but it's lots of fun to see them here. it sounds like you all had a beautiful time.