A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.
The three of us are having a wonderful time! Yesterday we stopped at an Amish grocery store. That was a new experience for one of us and a fun time for all of us. The shop keeper started playing his harmonica for us - he was quite good! Anyway, I asked how many harmonicas he had and he played each of the five in his drawer for us!
After lunch, we had some time to kill before we could get into our rental house. So we went in search of a quilt shop (two of us are quilters and the third follows us without complaint). We were told to go down the highway and we would see the sign - the shop was down the lane at the house. We found the sign, went down the lane, found the house and the building nearby with another sign. There were lots of pickup trucks which we thought was a little odd but we walked into the shop. There were about 8 men sitting around the table. One stood and I said we were looking for a quilt shop - he said we had found a long arm quilting shop. He told us where the quilt shop was, another man repeated his directions rather harshly and we left. Not being very perceptive - I saw 8 men probably finishing up lunch. Colleen saw 8 men having some kind of serious meeting. Bonnie saw 8 men with Bibles. We had just interrupted a prayer meeting! The three of us had been together less than three hours and were already causing problems. There are some old college administrators who would say that was normal for us! That guy who repeated the directions could have added some blessing rather than the "get out of here" feeling he gave us!
When we were teaching, we would actively search out conferences/workshops/classes that we could all attend. It was just more fun to go when we could all go. We didn't all serve under the same dean and we developed a little bit of a reputation with our deans. They were always trying to figure out what we were up to! They never figured it out and it was so simple - we loved to learn and we loved sharing time with friends!