basking in the afterglow

of an evening

of friendship-enduced revelry

time spent

words gifted

laughs shared

wine supped

memories dusted off and paraded in front of the crowd

eyebrows raised

knowing glances

mischievous smiles

an unexpected performance

laughter unleashed

stories lovingly exchanged

moments carefully communicated

heart warmed

resolve revisited

passion fired up

milestone acknowledged

but still there is work to be done…

…and a life to be lived out well.