“Self care is also not arguing with people who are committed to misunderstanding you.” ~ Ayishat A. Akanbi
Today was Maggie Jacobs’ birthday. She invited a few of her gal pals out to the farm to celebrate. We were treated to tea and delicious homemade South African treats. Leave it to Maggie to make her own food then treat her guests as if we were celebrities. Her chocolate mousse raspberry cake above was as delicious as it looks, but she also made some treats that were unexpectedly fantastic in their simplicity. I was seriously inspired by how light yet delectable they were. Not bad at all for a dieting girl like me. Maggie really knows how to treat her friends, but then, I didn’t need today to know that. She has always been one of the finest people I’ve ever known.
Over the last few years I’ve gotten to know Maggie’s friends Jane Rees (standing in black) and Betsi McCullough (standing in yellow). I had the best conversation with both of them today; just what the doctor ordered. Jane, you might recall, was with her husband Don on the Honor Flight with mom and I. Today was the first we’ve seen each other since then. We regaled everyone with the story about that harrowing aborted landing. Like me, Jane said it was the most frightening flight experience of her life. I’m not kidding when I say that we are very, very lucky to still be here to celebrate Maggie’s birthday. A lesser pilot would not have known what to do and we’d be pushing up daisies now instead of sharing some quality time with one another. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to still be able to celebrate Maggie, and not just because we survived that flight, but because she is a woman worth celebrating. Maggie is discerning in her friends. The ones she takes to heart she tends to keep for life. She has taught me so much during our 20+ year friendship, not to mention everything she’s taught me about horses and animal husbandry. Happy Birthday, Magda! May you be blessed with many more trips around the sun, and may I slim down enough to eat the entire chocolate mousse cake next time. You’re the very best.