There’s nothing quite like sharing something special with a friend. It might be a tender memory, a fun time with lots of laughter or even the experience of dealing with one of life’s struggles. I find it wonderful how you can never predict what will bond you to another person. So, here’s one of those unexpected treasures in my life. I have a dear friend that I love whole heartily. He’s a great husband, father, singer, writer, coach and is an inspiration to many young people in our community. He’s funny, talented and has a deep faith that shows in everything he does. Now comes the interesting part of our friendship…it’s these lemon bars.
About twice a year, I get a phone call or text message from my friend asking if I could make some of these lemon bars for a co-worker of his. He gives me lots of lovely compliments about how she just loves ’em and asks how much I’ll charge. Every time he reaches out, I tell him the same thing – yes, I’ll make them and no, I don’t want any money. Then we go back and forth deciding on the pickup date and time.
Now, understand this, I have never met his co-worker and my son and I joke about what her initials are! So this morning, after I put the finishing touches on my sweet treats, I packed them up in a box with pretty tissue paper and gave my friend a call…it was pick-up time. He was at my back door within 20 minutes. We exchanged a hug, smiles and started catching up. We munched on the extra lemon bars I set aside for a “taste test” while talking about our families, how much we missed seeing each other and promised to get together more often. Then again, if too many days get away from us, I know for sure, I have these lemon bars to bring us back together.