The stars aligned this past 4th of July weekend as two of my charter posse and their husbands and son gathered at my river house for a long overdue reunion. When LDB and I moved from Atlanta to RVA in ’92, our friendships became geographically separated by 550 miles, but they have survived the distance and stood the test of time despite infrequent get-togethers.
Upon their arrival, jSl and aCa began secretive exchanges and admonished me to look the other way! for a minute. Then, giddy with excitement, they produced their hostess gift. It was Christmas in July for me!
I am a firm believer that good gift-giving reflects the giver’s keen insight into the receiver’s taste and desires. Clearly my friends know me well. You may remember the monogram created by Huger Embroidery and appliquéd on my linen bench skirt.
When I was running low on my monogrammed cocktail napkins, I thought how cool it would be to have that image printed on napkins. I sent the photo to aCa who is a talented graphic artist and owner of Veridian Design Group (she created our logo with the pearls) to create a black and white image I could send to my napkin vendor.
Unbeknownst to me, my friendly elves went to work having it digitized for embroidery on the towels (my favorite shade of blue) and tote bag by an Atlanta-based embroiderer. I’m thrilled with the monogrammed towels, and bag, as well as adorable cocktail napkins and spreader. They will all be well-used at the river, but the monogram now symbolizes much more than my name. It now represents a long and storied friendship.
When my children graduated high school and college and left their best friends and buddies to move on to the next stage of life, I felt their pain of separation acutely. I tried to reassure them that although they can’t inhabit the same classroom, dorm or apartment any more, true friendship will last them for years to come, as evidenced by the lasting friendship among aPr, aCa and jSl and me. Our bonds can be rekindled instantly. We pick up just where we left off years ago, except perhaps with more money in our pockets and wisdom in our heads. The four of us are as different as can be, each with our various gifts, talents and flaws, but what binds us are a shared transition from childhood to adulthood and the rare ability to bring out the best in each other.
July 7, 2015