I like to think of the outdoor places around our home as extra rooms that we get to use in the summer: the front porch, the upstairs porch, the playroom deck, the gazebo, the yard under the spread of a wide oak or maple.
Since this issue of Homecoming is all about making life a picnic, I can think of nothing better than to add friends I love to these outdoor spaces for an afternoon tea. Surrounded by the flowers we planted in the spring and the ferns that hang in outside spaces, the gazebo is a perfect setting for a conversation over Earl Grey or (my favorite) Teavana’s “Rooibos Tropicana,” some finger sandwiches and the delicious cupcakes and cookies from a little shop uptown.
• Whatever the occasion for a picnic this summer, the blessing of friends and family is the most important reason to celebrate in God’s beautiful creation. Whether you find yourself in the woods, by the water, or in your own backyard, shared meals, like the moments of life itself, are what you make them. Fix the food, and then add the joy!