The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it. ~ Herbert H. Humphry
Everyone we meet will not become a good friend – a lifelong friend. We will have acquaintances, people we know only in passing, those who are in our lives for a little while, and finally, if we are lucky, a few good friends. I have been blessed with a handful of true friends who have filled my heart with joy overflowing. Barbara Hurst is one of these. We met two years ago at Shutter Sisters Oasis, and for the both of us there was an immediate connection. As if we’ve always known each other, though we only just met. I know many of you have had that experience. Barb and I kept in contact via email and through online classes we share, and social media. We met again last year when I went to Arizona to see her and Terri Porter (another kindred spirit.) Another year passed and Barb presented me with the gift of time. She was visiting her son & grandchildren, but could come for dinner and spend the night.
It was Brian’s first time meeting Barb. He instantly took to her and they talked photography for quite awhile. Brian prepared a lovely dinner for us and the weather cooperated beautifully.
Ah, but the evening ended all too quickly and we all hit the sack. In the morning I found Barb outside, camera in hand, taking pictures. She told me that if she lived here she would be taking pictures in the garden every day. That thought has stayed with me. More on that…
We had a simple breakfast and then Barb presented me with a beautiful package, and other gifts as well.
I have to tell you, this package was so beautiful I didn’t want to open it! Eventually I did
Oh my goodness. I beautiful Paolo Soleri bell from Cosanti. Every time I hear this bell chime, I will think of Barb. She is now a permanent part of the garden. Her comment about taking pictures in the garden every day has made an impression on me. I love working in my garden, but taking pictures in it every day is something I’ve not done. Admittedly there are days I go out there, get the tasks done, and move on to the next thing. I let the “to do” list get in the way sometimes. A good friend has a way of reminding us that we are more than a “to do” list and that it is important to take time for ourselves, to nurture our creative spirit. So without saying these exact words, Barb reminded me of this. Thank you my friend. Here is a little collection of my Garden Daily efforts since Barb’s visit.
Cherish your friends and take time for yourself. You are more than a “to do” list. Have a great day!
ps – I’ve been away from the blog a little while due to a road trip and then catching up after the road trip. Will have images to share from that experience later. Take care!