This past weekend was a blast from the past, a reconnection with an old friend from childhood, the developing of new friendships and reconfirmation of old friendships. All shared with healthy doses of laughter, food, wine and Pomegranate Margaritas made by my cocktail shaking husband.
Pomegranate Margarita: Serves 2
4 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
4 oz. Good quality Tequila
2 oz. Triple Sec
Fresh juice of 1 lime
Splash of simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar; cook in a saucepan until dissolved. Let cool).
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Give it a few over the shoulder hard shakes. Strain into martini glasses. Enjoy!
Lots of people reconnect with old friends. My story is not particularly interesting. What is interesting is that we did not spend lots of time reminiscing of days past because we do not have much of a past together. We were friends in elementary school, vaguely aware of each other in middle school, and high school. What we do have is a connection to a place and time in our lives and a genuine natural comfort level with each other that was most likely evident back in 6th grade too. Thanks to the internet and social web sites like facebook, here we are thirty-five years later, sitting on the patio talking and sometimes crying with laughter with our families. All this was accompanied by keeping it simple and taking the time to enjoy our food and drink in a setting that requires you to relax. Did I say that the weather was almost perfect too?
A lot was gained this weekend besides weight. We have new friends, friends that we will visit, friends that we will find new things to laugh about on our journey to continue to not take ourselves so seriously.
So next time, you are thinking about reconnecting with friends, remember to share the grace of a good meal, and more importantly that one never breaks bread alone, but always with friends and family.