This week a few things happened to remind me how lucky I am to have some extraordinary women in my life...women whom I have known for just a year or so and women whom I have known my entire life and women whom I have know in between. (That's a terrible sentence and I know at least one person who will be very disappointed in me - sorry Mom.)
When I started thinking about how to write this post, I headed to my Pinterest boards to find some inspiration.
Here are a few that sum up my feelings about my gal pals...
My family is actually extraordinarily ordinary. I am a product of two parents (who are still together after 40-plus years) who raised four daughters who actually like each other.
I'd like to think the above saying refers to me, but I'm not sure. Luckily, I am blessed with three sisters who are some of my best friends. I always know even if I say or do something that makes one of them mad, they won't stay that way long. Why?
Or it may be because they need a sitter for Saturday night. Either way works for me.
My mom is great. She still feeds me, takes me shopping (well, I usually drive) and listens to me ramble on about my life, even when I know she just does it because I'm her daughter. My home will ALWAYS be where she and my dad are at...even when they are living in my attic when they get old (just kidding).
Judging from the number of "friends" pins I have on Pinterest, I either have a lot of friends or wish I had a lot of friends!
I recently got an invitation to the baby shower of one of my BFFs from elementary, junior high and high school.
It made me smile.
It made me remember all of the stupid things we did as kids.
It made me wish that she still lived down the road so she could pick me up on her way to school.
It made me realize that even though we haven't talked in AGES, it will be like no time has past when we see each other again.
It made me realize that I have lots of friends like that and reminded me that maybe I should pick up the phone and catch up with them.
Speaking of phone calls, one of my BFFs from college called today. I immediately acted like we were in junior high and asked her if she was mad at me because I hadn't heard from her in "like a week."
She laughed at me and all was right with the world. I know that we'll probably be having similar conversations when we are in our 80s. (Well, she'll be 80 and I'll be her younger, hotter friend at 76.)
When I read this one, I immediately thought of one very special friend who befriended a lonely Midwest girl trying to find her place on the East Coast. I know she has my back FOREVER!
This one hit home as I stood in line tonight with three women waiting to hug another lady as she faces life without her dad...all of whom I got to know through this wonderful thing called Social Media. She saw us, smiled at us, and hugged us.
I realized that while I'm blessed with many friends I am equally blessed to have true friends both old and new.
Do you have a favorite saying that sums up the friends in your life? If you do, please share.