Posted on April 9th, 2014
“Respect people who find time for you in their busy schedule. But love people who never look at their schedule when you need them!”
Now I know what true friends mean. I cannot thank God enough, for gifting me such amazing friends. It is hard to imagine life without them now. They have been there for me every single time I needed them. They hear me when I need to say so many things, support me when I need someone to be on my side, hold my hand when I need guidance, hug me when I need some love and care, give me strength when I am feeling low, laugh with me when I want to share my happiness, they make me smile!
Everytime I want to thank them for being who they are, I am either speechless or so emotional that tears don’t stop rolling down my cheeks. Today, I want to tell them that they are very very special people in my life and I will attempt to do everything it takes, to keep our friendship special. I will always be there for them, wherever I am in this world. Below is a small poem which I read long time back and which touched my heart. I dedicate it to all of you guys..a small token of my appreciation. If any of you are reading this post, you know it is for you and that I truly mean every word from the bottom of my heart. I love this quote by Jane Austen:
“I couldn’t find the right words
Nothing seemed to rhyme
To write something for you all
I think it will take time
Because when you have friends
That are very hard to find
There’s so much to say
Because you make everything alright
So I will tell you right now
exactly what I need to say
To show you how much I appreciate
You being there everyday
You’re worth more than anyone
even a million pounds
Because you always know what to say
When I am feeling down
You make me smile big smiles
And my days so very bright
And when I lose my way
You find me in the night
I sometimes wish I could explain
How much you mean to me
But its just not possible
To list a billion things
So I just wanted to say
I love you so so much
And I hope you never leave me
Promise to stay in touch”
Friends have become such an important part of my life that I like to grab any opportunity to spend time with them. Catching up over some tea and dainty looking sweet bites, is indeed a fabulous opportunity to have fun with your girlfriends. It is easy to put together and also looks very stylish and chic. Last time when I organized a tea party, it was a huge hit among the girls. We chatted, laughed and enjoyed the afternoon while munching our way to glory the pretty tartlets, homemade scones with devonshire cream and raspberry jam, cucumber and dill sandwiches along with some premium teas from my favorite tea retailer Ronnenfeldt.
This friend of mine is a creative soul and loves pretty, beautiful things around. I like her excitement and enthusiasm about small little details. She finds pleasures in simple things around us and her strong interest in aesthetics is always so refreshing. So when she was coming over after ages, I needed to do something more. Apart from putting together a small afternoon tea, I also made some tea favors for her. Got some crafty notebooks and a cookbook from her favorite author as tea favors. I collect cutouts from magazines which I often use to wrap gifts. To make these pretty and vintage looking favors, I wrapped the gifts with some local brown paper, pasted a vintage cut-out and added some crochet hand made flowers and a rough twine. The favors were ready in no time and looked beautiful! They would sure be a talking point of the party.
I used fresh blooms around the table to welcome spring and brighten up the grey tones of the table. Just some mason jars, small ikea buckets filled with roses, baby’s breath fillers and some pretty greens created magic around the table. If flowers were not that expensive in Dubai, I would fill my house with fresh flowers every single day. But I tend to forget that I live in a desert and everything here is imported so we don’t have the luxury to just pick flowers from the wild or grow them in our gardens. Well, not complaining..we still have access to things from around the world even though they come at a price.
A conversation around a tea table is so much lighter, fun and creative at the same time. I believe in the power of tea. And thankfully, most of my friends do too.
Afternoon was spent remembering good old days, laughing at our own stupidity while growing up, some confessions and of course wishing for the world to be a better place to live in with lots of good and genuine people in our lives, healthy and beautiful living. Such beautiful moments spent with amazing people strongly emphasizes the fact that growing old can be fun..if you do it with the right people!
I would also love to hear from you about your friendships, favorite scone recipe or your idea of table settings..so do drop in a line in the comments section.
PS: I cannot find the author of the above poem online. So, in case the poem belongs to you, pls do let know as I would love to connect with you.