I had an unexpected visitor today! Just after finishing the dishes from the noon meal, I heard a rig pull up in front of the house. Curious as to who could be, I dried my hands on my apron and started toward the front door. I scarcely had time to open the door before I was engulfed in a hug.
“Oh, Andi, it’s been ever so long since I’ve seen you!”
I stepped back, scarcely believing it! “Rosa!”
I hadn’t seen her in forever! Ever since she married and moved away, and then I married, neither of us had had much time to devote to visiting. I looked behind her, expecting to see Davey, her dark-haired, dimple faced little boy.
She saw my questioning look. “Oh, Davey is home with mama. She’s spoiling him!” Her eyes twinkled as she spoke.
I invited her in, and we both had a glass of lemonade while we caught up on lost time.
It was funny . . . sitting there together, I realized how much things had changed as the time passed. Just a few, short years before, we were out riding and having fun together. Now we are both married, and she has a child. It makes me want to grab hold of the time that passes and take the time to treasure each and every moment. Because all too soon, it will be just a memory.
We chatted for the longest time, and then she offered to help me rustle up something for supper. I have to say, that was probably the best gift the should have ever given me! She is quite at home in the kitchen, while trying to navigate all the cupboards and labels still feels a bit foreign to me.
In no time at all, she had something delicious simmering on the stove. It only took me a second to realize what they were. Tamales! My mouth watered at the smell; it had been such a long time since I had tasted something as delicious as this.
When Riley came in a little while later, we had the table set and the food ready. I could tell he was just as excited about the spicy Mexican food as I was.
Rosa said she could stay for supper, so she joined us. Laughter and conversation flowed around the room as we stayed at the table for much longer than Riley and I normally do. After a while, she and I cleared the table, and Riley gave us a hand with the dishes. Chores are so much easier when you have someone to do them with, and the lively talk made the time pass swiftly!
As the outside continued to grow darker, Riley told Rosa he’d be more than happy to see her safely home. She protested, but he insisted, and I’m glad he did. The road between our ranch and the main one is relatively safe, but one can never be too careful. Riley promised he’d get Chad or one of the ranch hands to see her the rest of the way to her house after she picked up Davey at the main ranch.
We said our goodbyes, and I stood in the doorway and watched them leave. The moon had risen in the sky, and the area around the house was bathed in its gentle night.
It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.