“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
― Henry James
I met Tina in the fall of 1966. We were college roommates in Northlawn residence hall at Eastern Mennonite College. Now we both live less than a mile from the place we met.
That means that we can go on adventures together after school is out of session for Tina, a librarian at Eastern Mennonite School. Tina has lived in this place most of her life, and she has a questing, curious spirit, so she shares her little lovely “finds” with me, a newcomer, returning to the place I left in 1972. So much has changed since then.
Tina suggested we spend the afternoon in Crozet, a very small town about 40 miles from Harrisonburg, where we live, and only 10 miles from Charlottesville, the closest cultural center. Here’s a series of pictures that illustrate how much fun two girl friends can have in one perfect summer afternoon.
- blue skies, temps in high 70’s
- start out hungry after light lunch and breakfast
- one great coffee shop with beef curry turnovers, latte and iced coffee, and carrot cake. Two forks.
- one lovely independent bookstore with owner ready to “hand sell” her books and giving out free review copies
- one handmade pizza shop for supper with fresh from the oven pizza — veggie on one side, Maiu on the other
- one peach orchard, nestled next to the Blue Ridge mountain range
- perfect presents for the trip to children and grandchildren (not yet to be revealed)
- laughter, shared memories/story telling, no rushing
I’m in the midst of another perfect afternoon and hope you are too. Tell us about it! Don’t forget to enter the New Beginnings Challenge.
My New Beginning today was sharing coffee, fresh peaches, and mint tea with another friend, Anne, who came all the way from Asheville, North Carolina, for a few hours of conversation. We drank in every minute of each other’s stories in our shared “wild and precious” lives. And you? What’s your idea of a perfect summer afternoon?