Today I had the pleasure of both a Watka breakfast and a Jen dinner.
Lauren Watka was rejoicing that she got to wear a scarf for the first time this fall (I crossed that bridge already), and I was rejoicing that there was a table in the sunshine where we could sit. This sainted soul let me talk for an hour straight. I came up for air just to say, "I'm sorry I've talked this whole time--oh! Theres one more thing!"
Evidently I had a lot to say about how God's been moving lately. And I had to share it all because Lauren Watka is one of those people whom you know will be just as delighted by your news as you were to experience it. She is --if I haven't mentioned this before-- Joy in real life. Like, the cartoon character from Inside Out. But the literal joy, too.
Then there was dinner with Jen. I love our beach days and happy hours and dinners together because I get to say, "Yia mas to the Jens!" and it's very exciting for me. But more than that, Jen is just the sweetest person. She is such a great listener and sympathizer and friend. I wanted to make her dinner, so I endeavored to do something Greek. This amounted to hummus and fresh bread, the former of which is not Greek and the latter of which I did not make; horiatiki salad, which I Americanized by adding lettuce, but the olive oil was Greek(!); and frozen spanakopita from Trader Joe's, which I've had before at a friend's house and it turned out great.
This did not turn out great.
The Greek red wine that Jen bought, however, (St. George) made up for my cooking fallibility. And better still was the fact we got to have real conversations about important things. THIS IS THE BEST! And on a day marked by USA tragedy, I am thankful for each real connection I make, getting to know the people around me better. It's the sure way for me to love them --and all people-- better, and as Peter writes, love covers a multitude of sins.