Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Almost Like Old Times

Time is such a linear thing. There's no way to select a period and go back, even to observe. I was thinking about that this weekend as we gathered for Niles Eastman's wedding.

I'm in that period of life where the kids who gathered in my living room playing Super Smash Brothers, Golden Eye or Magic cards, are marrying. Carole said there has been a wedding she's either gone to or known of from her high school friends every year for the past 7 years. Niles has the honor this year.

Part of this celebration means the kids, and calling them "kids" doesn't really describe them, who are pushing 30 now, come back to Wheaton for this. I have the chance to see them sitting in my living room, not playing Diplomacy, but talking about what's going on in their lives. Or, we arrange to meet some place for lunch, as we did here, with Phil and his parents.

I last saw Phil at Carole and David's wedding and his parents longer ago than that. It's probably a mark of how close we were that we could pick up from where we left off with just minor inquiries. "So are you still at ... ?" The conversation was warm and familiar with laughter and much remembering. David is the new person in all of this but he fit right in. There had been a fire on a nuclear submarine that day and his knowledge helped us understand what the crew and the local firefighters had to deal with. Plus, he's got some really, really funny stories.

It was a very good 90 minutes passed in the company of friends. We don't know who will be next year, who will lure us back to have lunch at Egg'lectic Cafe in downtown Wheaton. The great thing about this place is that the food and service was just as good as the company. Blackberry and banana pancakes.

Beverage:  Huckleberry tea


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