I have a girlfriend who is a wonderful source of encouragement. She always seems to find the sunny spots in a cloudy day. She never stands on pretense. And she laughs at my jokes.
Isn’t that a great combination?
A few months ago she told me that her mom had never taught her how to cook, and as a consequence, she thought that one day it would be neat to have cooking lessons. But, like every other mom with small kids, she never found the opportunity to do so.
Now let’s think about this…
I love to cook.
I love to hang out with this buddy.
I’ve never taught a cooking lesson in my life.
What else could I do?
So I opened up my big mouth and volunteered to teach her everything I’ve ever learned in the kitchen (plus a few ideas I made up, but I think they work ’cause I haven’t killed anyone yet).
We giggled like school girls as we whipped up a pound cake.
We filled the house with the yummy scents of Mexican spices and talked about our mutual love of all foods with cheese, sour cream and cumin. Yummmmm.
And I was once again reminded of Mrs. Murphy’s law.. that doing someone else’ dishes is much more enjoyable than doing your own.
And when I went home that afternoon I had a smile in my heart…
The chance to help out a friend was cool. But even more special was the chance to laugh and talk with someone whose company I really enjoy.
It’s official – I think all grown ups should have Play Dates. Just for the JOY of it!
And what about you? What brought you JOY this week? Tell us all about it!
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