The season of summer visiting has arrived. Open the summer cottage, set lawn chairs out in the shade, and invite friends and family for barbecues, picnics, parties–and yes, afternoon teas.
Last week, my husband and I were privileged to share in a four-day, 90th birthday celebration with the extended Loring family. As you might guess, the festivities took place near water, and if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know what coastal water means to me: rocks!
We found two special kinds. The first was pink granite that glaciers carried down from Maine. It was fun to pick out the anomalous stones and imagine them tumbling all the way from Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park.
The second were “Cape May Diamonds.” No, we weren’t at Cape May, but we had scads of quartz pebbles, including those nearly translucent ones that can be polished to make sparkling near-gems. I had pockets; I have a rock tumbler. I can’t wait to see how they turn out!
“Say what you like, there is no tonic equal to a legitimate good time.” Emilie Loring
The birthday celebration was a heartwarming, good time, from start to finish. Four generations mingled for days on end, from cruises to picnics, walks, dinners, and shopping. Emilie would have enjoyed it immensely, especially the conversation.
“My son summed it up when he said–I like your parties, Mother. I like the conversation.” Emilie Loring
Among her descendants and their families were a bagpiper, attorneys and engineers, an interior designer, a librarian, several teachers, and a horseshoe crab expert. Conversation tumbled from one topic to the next–bright, entertaining, and absorbing.
“Believe me, there’s hardly a person in the world who isn’t vitally interested in something.” Emilie Loring
In a scene that could so easily have come from one of her books, the ninety-year-old guest of honor stepped agilely onto the family cruiser, helped younger folks come aboard, and then took the helm. The day was windy enough to bring out rescue crews for a sailing class, but we skipped over choppy waves and laughed at the sea spray’s attempts to soak us.
“I’ve observed that the man or woman with a big interest in life never is age-conscious. They are too busy to count passing years.” Beckoning Trails
Although they are on entirely different scales, the Lorings’ party and our tea this Thursday have a spirit in common: hearty fellowship, excellent conversation, and genuine enthusiasm. I’ve been privy to some of your preparations, and I am already grinning at the creativity we’ll see on July 6th.
“After all, there was nothing like an absorbing interest to make one vitally alive from head to feet.” Hilltops Clear
Join our Emilie-Loring-inspired tea this Thursday at 4:00, your local time. Send photos (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I’ll post them here. Check back often to see fun updates!
Whatever your summer plans, enjoy them with vitality and enthusiasm. After all,
“Enthusiasm is the fountain of youth.” Emilie Loring
See you Thursday!!!