Girlfriends…a major part of every woman’s life. The Girlfriends of your youth seem to fall to the wayside when you hit high school, if you are lucky you stay in touch. Girlfriends you find when you are in college, or in your twenties when you are trying to figure out your life. Girlfriends you make when your kids are little and going to school, women you hang out with at the playground. Bingo playing, Bunco Babes, working buddies and neighbors.
Girlfriends come and go, especially when you are sick and can offer nothing in return except cancellations for lunch or unanswered phone calls.
I have girlfriend that I talk to when I feel good, and if I’m too tired to talk a long time…she understands. (Neighbor Girl!)
I have a loyal girlfriend that stays in touch via facebook and emails, each watching the others kids grow up. (Wine cooler Babes!)
I have Sister-Girlfriends that I don’t know what I would do without. (Except they are always walking!)
I have a Girlfriend who would be here as fast as she could if I needed her, and she has been there for me everytime. We have taken care of each other too many times to count. She is the one that knows ALL my secrets. (Reenie, the yolk is hard!)
I have a work Girlfriend that checks up on me, and makes me feel like I am still “in the loop”. Work gossip is the best ya know! (lunch partners and bunco babes)
I have a girlfriend that lives in a different state, and we don’t talk often. But, when I needed her she was there. She walked in the room and it was like she never moved away. (Here we have…)
I have a Girlfriend that is so messed up that I cannot help. It breaks my heart, but she’s okay about it.
I have a Girlfriend that makes me laugh and listens to me cry. All I have to do is call her and she makes me feel better. (ILYBOA)
I have new “Lady Friends ” as The Joe-Man calls them, that I have met online. The support and empathy I receive from these Ladies is priceless. They understand what it is like to be sick or in pain. We whine, we bitch, and we complain all through the magic of the Internet. We talk about meds, doctors, hospitals, our families and our pets.
You can’t get through life without true friends. And Girlfriends can heal all wounds. They make you forget about your aches and pains, old boyfriends, bad hangovers, stupid decisions, grief and triumphs.
I have lost contact with some girlfriends since I’ve been sick, and I understand why. One friend told me that she hates to call me and ask how I am feeling, she is uncomfortable because she knows I probably feel like shit. I told her that she doesn’t need to ask me how I feel….tell me what you have been doing….I love to hear your voice, even if it is just a voice mail!
So here’s to Girlfriends…
It takes a long time to grow an old friend. ~John Leonard
The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you. ~Elbert Hubbard, The Notebook, 1927
True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable. ~Dave Tyson Gentry