Yesterday turned out to be less 'chilly' than I had expected. Though I didn't go to the office, I was busy doing things all day. While I was thinking of what to cook for dinner, best friend called to invite us over for a BBQ.
"Great! Then I don't have to make dinner!" I replied.
I brought the seasoned chicken wings and sambal squid (perfect for grilling) that I had planned to cook for dinner to the party.
We arrived to find the coals already burning on the pit. Best friend was on the phone with her colleagues, discussing about work. Her hubby was on the way home from work.
While her mom-in-law was busy cooking noodles in the kitchen, I started grilling some food. Soon everyone gathered around the table to enjoy food, wine and beer.
Best friend was nowhere in sight. That poor girl was stuck in a conference call only to surface later for a quick bite before slinking off to the study for another scheduled conference call with the USA office.
I didn't see her for the rest of the night. When we left the house, she was still stuck in the 'virtual meeting'. Tonight, she's flying off to New York for a meeting. Then she'll rush back to Singapore to help me in our little sideline. We have a large order to fulfill this month.
She's a woman juggler. When I see her juggling a successful career, family life and personal interests so well, it makes me admire her so much. She takes everything in her stride, I've not heard her complain or whine, ever.
She makes sure everyone is taken care of. She plans parties and activities for the kids so they don't feel neglected during the holidays. She brings her parents and family on annual vacation so everyone can have a good time together. She goes on regular runs and hikes with her husband so they can have some personal time alone. And she plans gatherings and meals with me so we can stay in touch.
As a friend, I'm filled with awe whenever I look at her, I can imagine how proud her husband feels. While he often teases her about her 'little gardening business', he lavishes heaps of support and love unto her.
Well, she deserves every bit of it because what goes around comes around.