Ah… the Northern Woods of Minnesota. So peaceful. So nature-y.
Okay, maybe we were only as far North as St. Joseph, but Aidan and I had a lovely overnight excursion to the most charmingly awesome rustic "cabin" to celebrate her best friend’s 13th birthday.
If you’ve seen any of my scrapbook pages over the years, Nicolette has figured into many of them along the way, considering she and Aidan have been BFFs since they were 3. Nicolette’s mom gathered aunts, cousins, a grandmother, and me and aidan, to attend an overnight celebration, where we surrounded Nicolette with a circle of love to share our stories about her, and our wishes. Each person had to bring a small object to represent our wish.
Aidan brought some letters that she and Nicolette had written and placed in a time capsule they buried a few years back. She shared the story of how they painstakingly created the time capsule, buried it, promising not to dig it up until they were 15, and ended up waiting roughly 9 months instead.
We also brought photos, and my story to share was simply that I didn’t realize, all those years ago, the little girl from day care was going to figure so heavily into our family picture, and I thanked her for her loyalty to Aidan, because if there is one thing we women (and men) know, strong and loyal friendships are one of the important keys to a happy life.
We gathered to have a lovely meal, and then all retired to our cozy beds. It was a perfect night.
It made me want to do two things: a) start saving money so one day I too, can have a rustic cabin that sleeps 30 when I’m older, and b) re-think that party-to-end-all parties I’ve got planned for Aidan’s 13th at Chuck-E-Cheese.