It is hard to believe that it is Sunday evening and my time with Rick & Jilda is coming to an end. It has been a glorious 30 hours. I have always said that everyone has a story. I have enjoyed hearing Rick & Jilda's stories; in how they met; celebrating 42 years of marriage; the places they have worked; about the music they have written and sung and especially what they are doing now in making a difference in other people's lives.
They live out in the country on about 12 acres. Fresh blueberries; apple trees; eggplant; fresh jalapenos, etc. Their home is very eclectic(homey). Two beautiful dogs(collie and terrier); 5 chickens and a rooster(fresh eggs daily). Lightening bugs and bats(they love mosquitos) come out at night. It is definitely a place where you can come and escape from the chaos of life. I have encouraged them to take the old homestead and turn it into a Haven, especially for music writers.
Jilda is definitely a gourmet cook. The meals have been superb. Tonight was roasted chicken; grilled jalapenos(with ground sausage meat and mozzarella cheese), grilled eggplant and pasta with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Of course, there was dessert - fresh blueberries/ice cream. Yum!
Rick has a heart for people. He wants to teach life and to assist others in making wise choices on their journey.
True friendships don't just happen. Like a marriage, you know there is a connection, but then you do have to put energy into it. You learn to listen; you learn that everyone has their own opinions; you learn that sometimes you just need to have a good ear; you learn when that person just needs a hug and you learn just to allow people to be themselves.
Rick & Jilda, thanks for your friendship! Thank you for enriching me!