A month or two ago, one of my oldest best friends, Tammy, emailed me about coming to visit. Adrianne, my OTHER oldest best friend, was coming to see her during the weekend of Tammy’s baby shower. They both thought I should come too. Of course, I said yes. I’ve learned over the years that spending time and money to let someone know how important they are to you is always worth it. One reason we’ve stayed friends for more than 20 years is because we make these kinds of efforts to be together at important times.
So I was all set to go. And then…we were at dinner with our friends, the Beykirchs. Kevin began to talk to Ryan about a Southern California sailing trip some guys were putting together. They wanted him to come. “I can’t”, Ryan said, “It’s the same weekend as Jessica’s Girls Trip”. And then the craziest thing happened: Melissa, Kevin’s wife, said, “I will watch your kids. All 5 of your kids. And all 4 of mine. And my brand new puppy. All by myself because my husband will be off surfing with your husband in Sunny California.” (So, I added those last few sentences. But that’s actually what she was saying. And everyone needs to know the magnitude of what she volunteered to do.)
Here is a list of the things Ryan does his best to avoid:
1. Spending money on himself
2. Putting people out
3. Getting scratches on his car from the handlebars of kids bikes.
This trip was obviously going to require him to do 2 of the 3. I thought he’d never do it. That’s why, when I got the trip itinerary via email, I gasped out loud in Target. I couldn’t believe it. I got 3 texts from friends within 2 days expressing the same shock.
So while Melissa (with some help from other devoted friends) wrangled all of our kids, I did this:
(hiking in the Oakland hills)
(lots of GOOD food eating)
(at the baby shower)
and Ryan did this:
(christening the boat)
(surfing…and breaking the board)
(runs on the beach)
(navigating…when he wasn’t trying not lose his lunch due to seasickness)
And Melissa has qualified for sainthood.
Thanks to the friends who invited and organized and stayed home with our kids, so that we could have a fun, girls/guys bonding weekend at the same time!