The original plan was for me to drive my brother Bill to the Ramada Inn by the Spokane International Airport on Friday afternoon so he could catch his early morning flight on Saturday.
So I asked my friend April if she wanted to ride along on the way so I would have some company on the way back from Spokane. And I figured we could stop and eat somewhere to eat on the way home.
Then I texted my friend Tina to see if she could join us on Friday night in Coeur d'Alene for dinner. She said she could make that work.
Then I extended the invitation to a larger group of friends.
In the meantime, Bill tells me he only needs a ride to CDA on Friday. Someone else will take him to the Ramada Inn.
By Thursday, he has a ride from Kellogg, to the Ramada Inn, via a get together with some of his friends in Liberty Lake.
By this time, my dinner with friends had snowballed to about seven people joining us at Kelly Pub and Grill in Coeur d'Alene, so I just kept with the plans of heading to Coeur d'Alene.
So I picked up April, and our other friend Kellee, and headed to Coeur d'Alene. We were joined by Tina and her daughter Joanie, Connie, and Tammi. Marian was going to join us, but she unfortunately had car trouble, and had to take her car to Spokane to get fixed.
This group of women that were gathered to dinner have quite a history together. I have known Tina and Kellee since before going to Kindergarden. I met April in grade school, and Tammi and Connie in junior high.
We have made it a priority in our lives to stay in touch and get together on a fairly regular basis.
It is a blessing to have a group of friends that you can, kind of spur of the moment, throw out dinner plans and have that many show up.
As we grow up, we realize it becomes
less important to have a ton of friends,
and more important to have real ones.