We drove over to visit friends who were staying in nearby Sarasota, Florida. “I’ve already made the bed. Did you know it’s going to start raining later today and not stop until sometime tomorrow? You can stay here tonight,” our friend Ethel said, surprising us with news that we campers would soon be in the rain. Who knew the weather was taking a turn for the worse?
We quickly weighed our options. Hanging out in our tent in the pouring rain isn’t really our idea of fun, so we quickly thanked our friends and settled in for an overnight stay. Oh, we are so grateful for good friends like Ethel and Warren.
By the time we went back to our campsite at Myakka two days later, our dirty, distressed looking tent was just starting to dry out. The site looked rather pitiful. We thought back to Ethel and Warren’s generous hospitality, all of us chatting till late in the evening, and the wonderful dinner served – topped off with chocolate covered strawberries. They had saved us from a few, very miserable, rainy days in style and comfort.
The sun appeared the next morning – just in time to pack up and check out of the campsite. We drove to the Gulf coast for a reunion with Beth’s high school classmate, Ginny.
We had not seen each other in 50+ years. Would we even recognize each other, let alone have anything in common? The minute we saw each other, it was clear this would be a lovely reunion of old friends.
Beth and Ginny have known each other for over half a century, and we have known Warren and Ethel for almost that long. These lovely old friends turned 4 days of our Florida visit into a memorable event!