Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Memories of my friend O's home

Cooking dinner together in the kitchen that always seemed just big enough for everyone who wanted to help with dinner

Watching movies with 6 kids draped around on the sofa

Hot tea after dinner on the front porch in the breezy Florida evenings

Feeling absolutely welcome and at home no matter what time of day or night we happened to be there

All the neighborhod kids coming over to play and swim in the pool...sometimes 10 or 12 kids in the house at once, and all of them welcomed by O.

Dinners around the table with an odd mix of California vegetarian and traditional Egyptian food and everybody enjoying it.

Getting 6 kids ready, out of the house and into two cars, along with any of their friends who decided to go along, to go to the beach, a movie, out to dinner, or to the park.

Knowing that we always had a friendly home to visit.