At the end of Drew’s senior year of high school, last May, I had a bit of a panic while driving. Panic attacks happen at the most convenient times – mine usually happen in the Target parking lot. Anyway, back to the story. Ummmm…..how will I ever see MY GIRLFRIENDS again? It seemed that all of my people were entangled with Drew and our social functions were related to school. All those years of volunteering, carpooling, school functions….what would I do with myself? I’m still figuring that out – actually, but I knew that I needed my friends!!
Frantically, I sent out a group text to my girls and said, “I am going to NEED to see you all…like don’t forget about me!!” Many of these girls still have younger kids, so they all would continue to see one another – but I had visions of me….just being locked up in the house, somehow!
We have managed to get together, almost, monthly since September and it’s been good for my soul. The first month we met and painted rocks with our kids’ college colors. We drank wine, ate snacks and caught up.
Last night, as we sat around the table – we remembered how our kids were in preschool together, some have been friends since they were babies and some of us became friends when our kids entered middle school. We have witnessed one another carrying babies on hips, our older kids have babysat the younger ones in the summers, brought meals when sadness has hit our homes and so many happy days we have shared – field trips, dances, first loves and now sending this class off to college. Life is better with girlfriends.
I’m still doing plenty of wandering around trying to figure out what to do with all of my time and scratching my head at the amount of zero laundry we have these days, but I’m glad I had the brains to text my friends that day in the Target parking lot. Oh, and I’m glad they all responded back! Ha!