I just went for the 5th year in a row to a cookie exchange party with girls from Crossroads. I have been on vacation this whole week and haven't baked a thing. Nevertheless, I love the girl hosting the party so I went without cookies just to hang out.
I knew I was in trouble the minute I entered the house, turned the corner into the dinning room and almost knocked down two pregnant YOUNG women. As I continued into the kitchen I was surrounded by no one over the age of 29! Disgusting, then I found my girl Julie! Thank goodness!
We hid in the kitchen until the group was officially ready to eat, but that didn't prevent us from shoving 5 mushroom tarts into our mouths straight from the pan when no one was looking. This is one way to appear disciplined in your eating habits, hide. As far as the group knew, we only had the polite portion of 2 mushroom puffs that they saw us take later in the main dining room!
Our hostess Angie, (Julie's daughter) had a great variety of goodies that we all enjoyed. Ok, so this party basically is just to eat! The deal is you bake 6 dozen cookies, then everyone takes home a half dozen of everyone's cookies so you go home with a great variety. This of course only requires you to bake a single kind. The pay off is great. Did I mention I didn't bake any cookies...so I went home empty handed. But definitely not empty stomached. (I don't think that's a word).
Anyway, back to the subject, I feel old. These girls are all beginning or adding to families and talking about how overwhelming it is at times with young children. I remember those days, but I wouldn't trade my season of life for anything. It just made me feel really old, like they expected me to be able to give them advice or something! Ha ha! My advice is enjoy each season, they aren't really all that different. I still can't sleep when I know my kids are traveling, are sick or out on a date. And there still seems to be something going on at my house that resembles slumber parties similar to when my kids were in elementary school. The only difference is when I wake up in the morning, there are sometimes 6' 5" bodies all over my house instead small bodies.
So, I guess I really can't attach some deep spiritual truth to this event, it was just plain fellowship and a feeding frenzy. I ate too many snacks and I'm going into a sugar coma, so I better go to sleep like an old person. Maybe I'll go to the gym for an extended amount of time tomorrow...maybe.