I have spent an evening with a friend of mine as well as with my cousin an her husband. It was amazing. It was one of those quiet evenings when you sit down, drinking hot tea, and simply talk.
We didn’t talk of anything serious. It also felt as if this was something we do on regular basis, something very natural – certainly not like the reality of being from three different countries, cultures, and languages.
My cousin and I are from Ukraine. Her dad was Tatar, mine – Ukrainian. Our grandma is from Russia.
My cousin’s husband, Martin, is from Germany, but I suspect it’s not only German blood he’s got running in his veins.
Our friend, David Hayes, is a pastor from Indiana, US. He along with his family were missionaries here back at the very dawn of the Church of the Nazarene in Ukraine, but between then and last year, there were 17 long years he hasn’t been to this neck of the woods.
We spoke a mixture of Russian, German, and English. The laughter sounds the same in all languages of the world. The smiles don’t need a language at all.
We spoke of stories of old; we spoke of what happened in this year we haven’t seen each other; we talked about what might happen.
We enjoyed each other’s company. A brief glimpse of Heaven, it felt like to me. Work pressure aside, health problems forgotten, unresolved issues not bothering us…
I miss those old times of easy conversations when quietness is accepted.
I miss those times when YouTube was not necessary for a good laugh.
David said a good phrase today, while reminiscing about the time when they lived here right after the Soviet Union fell apart.
“We didn’t have much, but we had time.”
These days we are running between events and meetings, Church worship times and small study groups, work and home.
Our to-do lists are miles long, and if we don’t write something down, it probably would remain undone because there are so many other things on our mind.
I am glad that God still plucks us out of our uber-busy schedules and places us among friends and family for some quality time together.
When was the last time you’ve spent some quality time with friends or family? What did you do?