“When are you going to come over? I’ve been waiting all week and I can’t wait any longer!” I asked her.
“I’ll be there in a little while, I said I’d be on time and I meant it….hold on to your hat!” She said with a grin as she hung up the phone, knowing that she couldn’t wait to get there either.
The plans the girls had were going to be so much fun. They had planned their adventure for months and the day of fun had finally come. Finding something for the kids to do, time away from the guys and expectations of the house took some finagling, but it would be worth it. Once a year they planned this special day trip and every year one or the other grew impatient for the other to arrive.
Remembering their last year’s trip to Frankenmuth, where they spent a lot of money and had the joy of Christmas in the middle of summer, stalled Linda even longer.
Moving from shop to shop they enjoyed the special hospitality of the small town’s people. They purchased specialty Christmas ornaments that they knew would surprise and bless their friends and family members as well as add the spark to their own Christmas décor. Laughing and playing together as they often did when they were together, they continued down the street toward the Fudge Shoppe.
“I have to bring back some fudge!” Kara said.
“Me too, or the kids would never forgive me!” Linda replied. Let’s say we go eat when we’re done here.”
“Sounds good, all of this walking around is making me hungry and I don’t need to eat fudge for lunch!” Kara said laughing.
“Chicken?” Linda asked.
“We’re in Frankenmuth…where else would we eat? Don’t forget, I have to get a bucket to go this time. John would never forgive me if I don’t bring him some chicken and dressing!” Kara reminded Linda.
“Yeah, that’s right; you got in trouble last time when you came home empty handed.” Linda giggled.
“It wasn’t funny, believe me! He pouted for days over not getting his chicken! But, I’ll take him some this time and maybe…just maybe, he’ll finally put up that deck in the back yard I’ve been after him for.” Kara said.
The women turned and walked across the street and back down to the restaurant. Seating was plentiful in the Bavarian style chicken restaurant. They both ordered to start with the homemade root beer, dark and rich tasting, and then they ordered the usual; all you can eat family style chicken dinner.
“I don’t serve this much when my family comes, I’m glad they serve this much when I come! It’s nice to be family.” Kara smirked.
“Me too! And I’m so hungry; I’m eating all of it this time!” Linda said. The girl’s chit chatted back and forth during their meal without rushing. When they were done, they went through the shops in the basement and then ordered John his chicken to go. They picked up some souvenirs for the kids. It was getting close to time to go home and they decided that they would pick up dessert on their way home.
Oh my! I’ve got to get out of here and get over to Kara’s! Linda thought to herself. She is going to kill me! Linda sped out of her drive way and down Main Street. When she turned into Kara’s drive way, Kara came running out and jumped into the car.
“What took you so long!” Kara said in a huff.
“I’m sorry I’m late, I was just thinking about our trip last year and got side tracked.” Linda apologized.
“Yeah, that was fun, wasn’t it?” Kara said with a grin.
“Yep, and you got your deck put up too. What did John promise you this trip?” Linda asked as she drove east.
“You aren’t going to believe! You know how much we love Frankenmuth and how we’ve talked back and forth about the possibility of moving there? Well, John finally promised me that he’d figure out a way for us to actually move over there! Just think Linda…chicken dinner every Sunday after church! Attending every activity and event that you want, not just that you can afford to take off work for and best of all belonging to a town full of people that are like family! Don’t you feel like you’re ‘home’ when you go there?” Kara excitedly chatted.
Linda became silent. The thought of her best friend moving away made her instantly sad. They had raised their children together and were best friends through college. She didn’t know what she would do without her friend right around the corner. How could she even think about moving away? Wouldn’t she miss me? Why didn’t she talk to me about this before now? She wondered.
Kara knew that she had just driven a blow to her friend. She didn’t mean to hurt her or to ruin their day trip, but she had a secret that would make it worth it in the end. It was important for Kara to be sure not to give it away. After all, friends always told each other secrets and best friends always told each other everything! But this time, Kara had to bite her tongue and wait for the surprise.
Driving along, their first stop was breakfast at a country side café where they made blueberry pancakes as big as the plate. It was Linda’s favorite place to start their trip. They chatted about their hobbies, church and God. It was great to be together again without any kids or distractions.
As they left, Kara gave Linda a hug and said, “Don’t worry Sis! Everything’s gonna be alright!” Kara said with a wink.
“What is going on? You tell me everything, now all of a sudden you have a big secret?” Linda asked.
“Well, it’s pretty cool and actually, I’m a bit jealous, myself, but I know that God is working things out, so everything will be ok.” Kara consoled.
They drove the rest of the way, listening to praise music and sharing how far they have come over the years. Driving into town, Kara told Linda to make a turn.
“Why here?” Linda asked.
“Just do it!” Kara demanded with a giggle.
As she turned down the familiar street, Linda noticed a familiar pick-up truck sitting in a driveway of a house for sale. “Pull over there.” Kara said as she pointed to the for sale sign.
“What is going on, that looks like Rick’s truck?” Linda asked.
About the time they stopped in front of the house, Rick and John came bouncing out of the front door. Linda and Kara got out of the car and went towards the guys.
Linda looked at Kara and asked nervously, “Is this your new house?”
Kara giggled and looked at Rick.
Rick took Linda by the hand and said, “No, silly, it’s yours if you want it.”
Linda looked at Rick and Kara with surprise. Rick said, “When John told me that they were moving over here, I knew that I had better do something and get you over here too, or I’d never live it down and besides, who doesn’t want a chicken dinner every Sunday?”