When Sarah missed her friend Lauren's birthday, we decided to take the girls to Sarah's favorite lunch place ... "Sweet Aftons" Tea Room in Plymouth, Michigan.
Sarah has caught my "tea bug." About once a week we'll have a special time with my best tea pot and pretty china cups ... and c a k e. Cake is not optional, where tea is concerned.
When I arrived at the school to pick up the girls and head for the tea room, another friend was standing there looking sad. So in the end, it was the four of us: Arianna, and Lauren, and Sarah and me. All off for tea.
Then, there was one more wrinkle: It seems that Sweet Afton's is closed on Mondays. So we headed for my next favorite place, Cafe Marie's. The teapots were of stonewear instead of china, with mugs instead of delicate tea cups for the apple juice. But it was fun!
Watching Sarah with her friends, I was struck by how much more ... active ... she is than her little friends. While they sat quietly in their seats and ate French fries, or carried on conversations about earth worms and fairy princesses (with equal seriousness), Sarah was hopping up and down, turning her fuzzy purple hat (her favorite) around and around and inside out. She is a wash of kinetic energy ... screeching and singing and blasting her flute. Twirling and spinning and twinkling like an imp. Oh, how I love that little girl.
I'm sure the mothers of those other little girls are proud of them. They can read whole books, and sit quietly for more than two minutes at a time. They put on one outfit and it stays on their bodies all day. My daughter doesn't do any of these things ... at least not yet.
But I wouldn't trade her for a library of books. Her brother, either.
In a few weeks, I'm going on my own adventure with a friend and her children. Sarah and I are driving to Atlanta, then back through South and North Carolina before winding our way home. Both of us are a bit nervous about how the rhythms or our respective families are going to affect each other ... and ultimately our friendship.
Yesterday's outing reminds me that adventures with friends can be a great way to rediscover ourselves.