My sister finally retired after spending most of her adult life riding the early morning
train, Monday through Friday, down into the city for her work day in a tall well-known "skyscraper."
I wondered what she would do when she no longer spent her days like that.
One thing she told me she is doing is going to her neighbor's house every Tuesday for tea.
Yes, her neighbor opens up her home every Tuesday morning for her neighbors
to come and get to know each other over a cup of tea.
That sounds really nice to me!
I read awhile ago an article about "double handed" coffee.
The idea is to invite a small group of friends for coffee and a scone or muffin.
The double-handed coffee concept is to turn off
and put cell phones away, hold your coffee cup, look at each other and talk.
So I tried it.
I invited three other women over for coffee and I had a few questions
in mind to ask as we didn't all know each other well.
I made coffee and put out scones I had bought (to keep it simple),
a little fruit, and some pieces of chocolate.
We never got past the first question which was to tell a bit about our life stories.
It was fascinating and at times led to tangents, but that's OK.
We learned so much about each other and the time flew.
Technology did not distract us and I think we all came away
from the time feeling refreshed in both old and new friendships.