My coffee date

April 23, 2009 at 9:22 pm (Stuff that's on my mind) (, , )

Just got back from meeting up with my friend Ralph for a coffee date.  Except instead of going to Tim’s for coffee, we went to this ridiculously high-priced restaurant and had appetizers and Pepsi.  Hey, it wasn’t about the food … it was about getting to see each other again for the first time in about 10 years! 

More than anything else, the high prices probably contributed to the reason it was relatively quiet and cozy … just the right atmosphere for catching up and enjoying the too-brief three hours we had together before his flight left.

It’s not like we’ve had no contact in 10 years – we email regularly … usually several times a week.  But there has never been an opportunity to get together physically … to sit across the table from each other and just breathe the same air… to receive the immediate gratification of a well-delivered one-liner… to hear the resounding laughter in response to a funny story………

It’s interesting how you can have so many people in your life … family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances … and each play a specific role and fulfill a certain need, but only the most special you consider to be in your “inner circle”.  People you instinctively feel comfortable with.  People you just know will always be there.  People you can discuss your deepest thoughts with.     

Ralph is one of these people.

He has been gone for only two hours and I miss him already.  But every time I think of this afternoon, I will smile.

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Letting him feel that he’s got a choice in the matter

April 22, 2009 at 2:30 pm (Stuff that's on my mind) (, )

Me:  “My buddy Ralph is flying in for a 2-day business trip, and I want to meet him for coffee on Thursday.  You got a problem with that?”

Malcolm:  “No dear.”

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