My family and I recently spent 10 days visiting Bonnie, John and their beautiful brown eyed dog Spot at their lake front property in the Okanagan. There wasn’t a moment that I didn’t LOVE! It’s always fun going on road trips for summer vacation but when your visiting your Best Friend and her family, life is Gooooood ! Great in fact !
Bonnie greeted us with her warm smile and spiritual calmness. We have not always lived in the same city but it doesn’t really matter when you have a bond like ours. We reunite in person as often as we can but rely mostly on the telephone or skype and email to get our girlfriends gab fix.
This visit was extra special for me because Bonnie’s husband John was there! He is a man’s man who is not only handsome but hard working, intelligent and non judgemental. He has all the qualities women really search for in a man. I could list many more but he would be embarrassed if I did. He was worth waiting for!
My two incredible little humans I call kids and I stayed in the cottage which is an self contained cabin lake front! We fell asleep to the sound of leaves imitating rain and gentle waves. In the morning I walked down the wharf with Zack (our dog) to enjoy the silence of nature.
We lounged while reading magazines, swam, talked about life and love and everything in between. We ate ‘Esso’ ice cream, toured the lake front by boat, tubed, learned a few moves at Zumba, made smores on the fire, laughed at each other but most of all this trip reminded me of why Bonnie is still my Best friend after 30 years 🙂 Visiting Bonnie rejuvenates my soul! She reminds me of who I want to be! She helps me float down the river with good intention!
For my kids, visiting Auntie Bonnie made them completely aware that their Mom was not the only free spirited crazy lady in the ‘World of Mom’. With Bonnie present I was able to take off my filter completely for 10 straight days! Liberating for both kids and me! Both my kids saw yet another raw dimension of who I am and realized that if Auntie Bonnie was the coolest then I must be too by association!
My son was in his boyhood glory camping with his Dad, who he idolises. But he also had the influence of John another incredible male energy who taught him how to chop wood, start the fire, drive & launch the boat and let him use the sling shot!!
My daughter loved being in the presence of Bonnie. They shared dance moves and reconnected on many different levels once again. My daughter took every available opportunity to hang out with Uncle Johnny as she called him and had some pretty animated talks about life and whatever else came up.
So when my kids are asked in September how they spent their Summer Vacation, I am certain they will be able to tell their version of the stories about Friendships on Summer Vacation! We searched for moments and found many that will make all of us smile for years to come! Thanks Bonnie and John and Spot for just being who you are and making our Summer Vacation such a magical one!