I called Linda to tell her not to fix supper and had her call Beth with the same news for the Loomises. After band, we picked up our dinners and headed for Harry's home. Linda met us there, we had dinner, and I had a ride home. None of this had been planned, but that's the kind of friends we have - always ready for some time together. I'm sure it didn't hurt that neither of our wives had to cook supper.
I know people who would be frantic over such spur of the moment stuff. Some are always too busy (I've been there a few times!), and others are simply too rigid for on the spot adventures. One of the best blessings of long time friendships is that level of comfort that lets us drop in on each other for an enjoyable evening of food and conversation. I pity those who have never had opportunities like ours, or who never took the time and made the effort to build such friendships. This one is priceless, and tonight while my belly is full of chicken, my heart is full of gratitude.