Yesterday, I had a wonderful and delicious Sunday brunch with some of my closest friends. At one point, while sipping my mimosa, I looked at the faces of those I hold so dear to my heart and smiled. Wow. We really have been through a lot over the years and yet, we are still close. There’s been good dates, bad dates, break-ups, make-ups, engagements, marriages, babies, divorces, illnesses, sick parents and deaths of loved ones. Through it all, we were always there for each other to offer support and encouragement and I know that will never change.
When I was single, my friends became the sisters I never had. Being in the dating scene, working as teachers and coming from close families, we always had a lot to talk about. Plus, we were girls! In fact, we became known as “the girls” to our colleagues and families. We would work out together, eat together, go out on weekends together and even vacation together. It might seem like a lot, but always being together felt natural. And we had fun. Boy, did we have fun! We made many lasting memories filled with lots of drinks, laughs and smiles (and a few incriminating photos!). While some our other friends and acquaintances were planning their weddings and how many children they were going to have, we single girls were planning our happy hours and weekend getaways. Of course, there were little squabbles amongst us from time to time, but nothing terrible. And that’s not really unusual in a family. You disagree, or get on each other’s nerves once in a while, and then you move on and you move forward – together.
Over the past six years, many changes have occurred in the lives of the girls – most of us are married, some have children and I no longer live in the area. Some friendships do not stand the test of time after moving, marriage or children. We all know people who have gotten married or had children and seem to completely disappear. The friendship dwindles down more and more until the only communication you have is through Christmas cards or text messages around the holidays. You lose the bond of friendship you had with the person and they end up what they started as, an acquaintance.
As we get older, we get busier and become less available, especially with children and family obligations. But my friends – my sisters – have always been there for me and I know that will not change no matter what. Why? Because we still take and make the time for each other. We might not see each other as much, but we still talk or text and when we do get together, it’s like nothing changed. Thankfully, we all married fantastic men and our husbands all get along really well, which makes getting together as couples just as much fun. But every now and then, we do our “girls” thing. And it’s wonderful to spend time with my sisters. After each get together, I realize one thing. They will always be a part of me and my life. No matter what life may bring- good or bad – we will always be together. I am truly blessed to have them in my life I love them dearly.