The traffic heading upstate was insane. It was bumper to bumper. My friend David was telling me this was a little unusual, but let’s just have a little patience, what could we do?
I’ve known David for 20 years now. And one of the things that I love so much about our relationship and friendship… is that it’s easy. There’s never drama. And the silent pauses are beautiful. They’re comfortable. David was born and raised in Israel, and there’s something about his Israeli culture that gives him a deeper, more resonating, soulful spirit.
We finally arrived at his beautiful new abode upstate. It’s nestled into a canyon with a feel of being in Provence, France. It has charm, grit, earth, and a spiritual uplifting to it. There are pockets and little nooks & crannies of love & light throughout it all.
I couldn’t wait to drop my heavy bags in the house. God knows one of these days I’m going to learn to pack and not take the entire house with me~ I now have a reputation as an overpacker.
We went onto his back porch and sat with a beautiful glass of bubbly rosé~ finding solace in the quiet, the nature, and the bond of friendship.
You could hear the whisper of the wind dancing through the weeds.
Friendships mark us in time. They give us strength and support. They help us through the good times, the bad times, and it’s empowering simply knowing they’re there.
David is an artist, designer, and a beautiful creative soul. He was proud to show me his beautiful distressed hutch. Every inch of his home has his creative flare stamped on it.
I then went outside and picked the most gorgeous flowers as the next day we were heading up to our friend Cinthia’s for her birthday pool party celebration. So we figured a bouquet would be a great start to the birthday!
We put on fun music and started dancing, David was jumping to the ceiling, and I was feeling so free and alive. It was great to be away and celebrate friendship, life, and love.
David made me the most spectacular dinner with fresh local salmon, roasted potatoes and asparagus. It was cooked to perfection. I felt like I was sitting at a 3-star Michelin restaurant- it melted in my mouth.
The next day, being at Cinthia’s house was like being in Bali… even though I’ve never been to Bali, this is exactly as I would expect it to be. It’s a pool oasis with lush greenery and plants and hydrangeas surrounding the property.
We all met together 20 years ago working together at The Avenue. Cinthia was in charge, and from day one we all connected and had such an amazing creative, colorful connection.
As we were eating dinner, Cinthia shared how we all had such a beautiful bond of love. Every year we celebrate each birthday together, and it marks time in our lives and in our hearts.
I feel so lucky to have friends that celebrate, love, and cherish moments together.
True friendships withstand the test of time. They help you grow through the ups and downs, keep you grounded, supported, loved, and give you a circle of love to give to and receive from freely. It’s those people you just want to do life with.
Those people in your life that you know you can call at any hour of the night, that you want to be with during all of life’s moments, those are the friendships that transform into family. The family that you choose.
Appreciate them, love them, and don’t let go.