I really feel blessed to be going through the ups and downs of life with some really good friends. The four of us “clicked” when our kids were in a playgroup together many years ago. Between the four of us, we have 10 kids, four husbands, 200 birthdays (our own!), an assortment of demanding careers, a menagerie of pets, and LOTS of memories.
We’ve weathered childhood illnesses, summer day-trips to beaches and parks, overnight camping trips, first dates (of our children), driving license exams, proms, graduations, 4 weddings (again–our children), among other milestones. Three of us are mother-in-laws, one is a grandmother, and one is a grandmother-to-be. (I’m looking to acquire that title myself one day!)
The picture above was taken at one of our friend’s son’s wedding, when we realized that we were the last ones standing on the dance floor after the DJ asked all couples to remain standing who had been married for 5 years, then 10, 20, 25, etc. At 30 years, we were still there! We were amazed because we were quite sure they were others there much “older” than us and we certainly don’t feel old . . . most days! Maybe we were just lucky in love!
Anyways, that mother-of-the-groom gave each of us a copy of this photo at another one of the friend’s birthday dinners recently. We all look pretty happy because that’s how we feel when we get together. Now that our kids are grown (mostly!) and we’re all so busy, we really don’t get much of a chance to get together that much anymore. We do still try to get together somewhere near each of our birthdays (not that we want to count the years), but it gives us a chance to touch base at least 4 times a year. We can still laugh, talk (loudly, much to the chagrin of others diners, I’m sure), and reminisce with the best of them.
I am so thankful to have close friends to share life’s fortunes and sorrows; people who are always willing to listen and to whom you’re not afraid to share your biggest worries and embarassments!
Thank you Pat, Rosanne, and Roberta! We’re more like sisters than friends!
I hope everyone has someone special to get through the ups and downs of life with!