What a pleasant evening we had last night. Katie is home for two days between Summer Beach Project in Daytona and Resident Assistant training back at school. She wanted to make dinner for us and the Swifts. Two of the Canns were on their own for dinner, so they also joined us. Katie's first meal cooked by herself was a total success! It was a pork chop, apple and stuffing dish and we all loved it.
There were four youth who know each other well and five adults who know each other well. So relaxing and nice to be with people who don't need to impress each other, who have a history to talk about and future plans to share. Future plans that we genuinely care about.
These were people we could breath with. I'm not even sure what that means, but it feels right.
Sometimes you meet people and suddenly know they are people you can breath with and sometimes you're right. However, I've been wrong about that, too. Either way it takes time to discover and develop.
Breathing requires space, ability to relax, time and absence of judgment. A genuine belief that each person wants you to be well and happy.
On a rainy evening, in an inviting home we were all given a gift. It didn't cost a lot. Or come wrapped in expectation and need. It wasn't conditional or revocable or a test. It was a gift from a thankful and pure heart. And one of the best gifts I've ever received.
Thank you, Katie.