It does me good to see old friends. My closest non-sister friend from college, Megan, visited, and even though we hadn't seen each other in over 4 years, it was like hardly any time had passed at all, save for the fact that between the two of us, there were 3 more children in the picture. That first night when Meg pulled up, I think I did a hopping kind of run down the driveway...I felt like a kid again. I loved having her and her girls in my home, to watch our kids play together, to be able to walk and talk and laugh until 2 a.m., just like we did in college.
And of course, visitors means doing touristy things, like visiting the Chinese Gardens, which I hadn't been to in years. We got about 5 minutes of peaceful enjoyment looking at the fish and scenery before Henry decided he just had to run.
Oh well. Luckily no one fell into the koi pond.
Some of us had some peaceful moments too.
After the garden, we headed to the Portland Farmers' Market to fill up on fresh fruit and baked goods. Claire informed me that here, Meg was being a mama bird, dropping berries into the kids' mouths.
Of course, we were just a little goofy too.
Here we are, a little more grown up. I guess.
As if the baked goods and fruit at the market wasn't enough sugar, we had to hit up a bakery. I did some research and found Petunia's Pies & Pastries. It is completely gluten free and vegan. I was skeptical. I've had gluten free baked good before, and I've always thought that the texture was just not quite up to par to my gluten-loving taste buds. But man, did this place change my opinion of the possibilities.
I think Meg and her girls were happy with their selections as well.
It's kind of funny to be all grown up. Sometimes I think back to college, and long for the simplicity of life (though of course, it didn't feel that simple at the time). It sure was a lot of fun. But it is immensely satisfying to have relationships that last, that allow you to let loose just a bit, to be able to behave like you were when you were 20, but in a totally mature way. And to have a friend and watch your children develop friendships as well. Claire still talks about playing with Lily and Noli. I hope we can do it again soon. Thanks for coming, dear friend.