Last night I had the pleasure of going to dinner at Red Robin with my special sister, Stephanie and her special friend, Scott. And it was truly a PLEASURE! They were just purely enjoyable to be around! Nothing was more important to them than the fact that they were in each other's company. Stephie was girlishly giddy at times which I thought was so refreshingly sweet! We were celebrating her 38th birthday and I left thinking that I could have easily scrapped the wrapped present - one hour with her sweet and special suitor was all she wanted or needed! Acceptance, love, friendship, pure delight - those are true gifts. And it was a gift to me - to be able to watch them and enjoy their conversation.
A dear friend has often voiced the sentiment of what it must be like to be in their world; that is the world of special people like Stephanie and Scott. I think it would probably be a joyous place to be! That's the word that keeps coming to my mind - JOY! The absolute PLEASURE of being with your best friend. (Although I made the mistake of calling them best friends, and Scott quickly set me straight. They're not just friends didn't I know that? ) But that unconditional ACCEPTANCE is true friendship, even though Scott may not realize it.
So even though it wasn't my birthday, I think I received the ultimate gift! It was a lesson in kindness, acceptance, love! I began to ponder how judgemental, selfish and unaccepting I am. As we embark upon this Christmas season, my prayer is that I can be more like my special companions and simply accept others as they are, without condition. And maybe go a step further and not only find acceptance, but find joy in our everday experiences and most importantly in our relationships with those we love! It will likely take me a while to find my way into that special world they occupy, but I think it definitely worth trying.
So thanks to Stephanie and Scott for what I'll call an early Christmas present. It was fun to smile and laugh for so long! Especially when Scott said, "Steph, let me finish, can I talk now?" Definitely no such thing as a Silent Night around those two!