They followed me home from church, their silver van tracking my beat up, faithful Honda over the rural road, up hills, past farms and fields.
At least once a month we have a big family dinner and this was the day. We missed last month's due to vacations, so it felt like a long time since our house was filled full with grandchildren.
They piled out of the van and Andrew said, "We followed you all the way from church."
I said, "I didn't realize. If I knew you were following I would have driven so much better!" This was true. :)
7 year old William asked, "Do you know if we are having Yorkshire's?"
"Hmm," I said, thoughtfully, "Let me see."
"Well, obviously you do know," he said, seeing that he'd asked the wrong question.
I laughed and was happy to confirm for William that yes, indeed there would Yorkshire's! I made 48 Yorkshire puddings in fact, to go with the roast beef, and all of them vanished, devoured by the 11 hungry mouths around the table. That makes an average of 4 each and I know I only ate two. Oh my!
Later on, as the happy chaos that unfolds with a house full of family was getting tidied up, I checked my suddenly much faster email. Pete had worked magic with our internet, making it run as fast as greased lightning after he checked the signal strength and wondered how we got by with such a grindingly slow signal. We had nothing to compare it with so who knew?
There was an email from Susan! It said:
How would you feel about giving a cup coffee to two weary travelers who don't want their vacation quite to end yet? If so, the GPS says we would arrive about 7:15 - maybe 7:30 if we have to stop for gas one more time.I replied:
If you and Paul are doing something else, or are too tired, don't worry about it. We just thought that sharing some of the adventure with you face-to-face and hearing how things have been going for you guys back here would be a nice way to wind up our time away.
Come on over! That would be wonderful. I can't believe you are so close to home already! The coffee pot will be on and the red carpet out.See you soon!And that's how a perfect day ended. With two dear, freshly vacationed friends, tanned and with sun kissed hair, sinking into our wing backed chairs and treating us to tales of the beauty and culture of Newfoundland, where they have spent the past couple of weeks.
And tomorrow is a holiday. I am deeply grateful for blessing upon blessing this September Sunday.