We ate some delicious food prepared by the Queen. (She’s just the best Queen a Jester could ever hope for.)
We laughed at the antics of the Little Prince who was on his very best behavior. (It’s amazing how happily he played and babbled to himself while we ate and talked. Every once in awhile he’d squeak at us so we’d all look at him, then he’d smile and giggle and go back to what he was doing before he grabbed our attention.)
We bemoaned the skittishness and silliness of our kitties who never bothered to wander downstairs and say hello. (They are normally very social with other animal lovers, but the most we saw of either of them was Belle’s face peering around the corner at the top of the stairs before she hid herself away again. Sara and Belle reappeared, as if by magic, within minutes of Rara and Dave’s departure. Very silly kitties indeed.)
We talked blogs. We talked families. We talked publishing. We talked food. We talked about the general lack of midwifery services in California (and the US in general) as compared to the rest of the world. We talked art galleries. We talked children. We talked movies, authors, comic books, silliness, randomness, awesomesauceness, and so many other things I can’t remember. (Rara could though, her mind is a steel trap.) We swapped stories, and ideas, and laughs.
They have a vast array of knowledge and experience in a plethora of subjects – well traveled, educated, and always searching for new things to learn and master. Rara is as friendly (and talkative) in person as her words portray her to be. Dave was quick to smile and add his insights. The Queen and I were in awe of all they have done.
Round and round we went. All too soon the night slipped away and it was time for them to hit the road. While later than the Queen and I would have normally stayed up, it was time well spent. The conversations were a great trade off for the sleep I was missing and it was a trade I wouldn’t hesitate to make again.
Thank you, Rara and Dave, for driving up the coast to have dinner with my family. Thank you for the wonderful evening, for all the great ideas and insights and suggestions. The Queen and I definitely got the better end of this deal – we didn’t have to drive, and I’m sure we got far more out of what you were saying than what we were contributing. You two are truly wonderful people.
Update: Check out Rara’s related post: A Royally Wonderful Night