Yes. I really do “have that friend”. I know. I know. It sounds like one of those stories where I am about to weave a crazy embarrassing tale about my imaginary friend while I am actually revealing my own conundrum. Nope, that’s not the case. Honestly, I really do have “that” friend. I couldn’t make up some of our stories if I wanted to. My BFF really is THAT person.
In a recent article on Today.com;“Why it’s so hard to make midlife friends — and 5 tips on how to change that” Gabrielle Frank discusses different ways to make new friends in our 40’s and 50’s and the difficulties that some women have. Thankfully, I am one of the lucky ones. I love making new friends … but I don’t worry about it.
I have this friend …
On the Celebration of Friendships website, there’s a section called Shasta’s Friendship Blog. The blog is a collection of stories about friendships. It’s bang on! She nails it! http://www.girlfriendcircles.com/blog/
One of the guest blogs on that site is Danielle LaPorte.s An Ode to Girlfriends. OMG, it is one of the funniest and most touching glimpses at girlfriends that I have ever read. It is my very favourite. I encourage you to check it out. I shared it with my friend.
I have this friend …
There was this one time … funny but all of our stories start like that … there was this one time … anyways …
There was this one time when we planned a celebration for my friend’s birthday. A pub crawl sounded like fun. We were going to walk to 10 bars on the same strip that evening. It was an ambitious undertaking and required an early start of course. Well, we made it to 2 bars that night. Barely a hop … never mind a crawl. The next morning when my friend stated quite definitively that her biggest regret the previous night was singing a Carpenters song during Karaoke; I just shook my head and told her that she wasn’t even close to listing her biggest regret. As the flashbacks came to her throughout the next day, apparently I was correct. We still laugh about that night.
Another bar crawl, another night, another occasion. Somehow I ended up in a snow bank that time. My friend did what all good friends do. Laughed at me and took pictures. I think we are done with bar crawls for a bit.
Recently, there was this time that we took a 7-day road trip with our ladies hockey team. Of course we were room-mates, its just easier to bunk with your sister friend. I do believe we slept for a grand total of 15-minutes over those 7 days. The social itinerary was very full … and when we weren’t planning team activities, we most certainly were participating in them. Just as an aside, our team really did actually play hockey during this adventure as well. But, no matter where our paths took us over those many days and nights, we always made time for 4am chats recapping, advising and laughing at the day’s events.
There was this other time … we got into an argument. Now we laugh about that too!
We’ve helped each other through some rough times. Sometimes life deals you bad cards. We lean on each other. We’ve cried and yelled. We’ve talked and we’ve listened. We are both stronger, healthier and happier people as a result. Each of us ready for the next challenge and both of us proud of the ones we’ve conquered. We’ve witnessed the best and worst in each other. No matter. She’s gets me and I get her.
This picture is extra funny because my friend hates peanut butter. Haha.
Popcorn is my favourite food in the whole wide world. Guess what? My friend loves it too.
Yep. I’ve got this friend. She’s got stamina. She’s strong willed. Both traits I wish I had a little more of. She’s fun. Crazy. Spontaneous. I can’t even begin to tell you some of the Lucy and Ethel situations we’ve been in.
Everyone needs “that friend”. I wish it for you. A sister or brother friend that gets you! Mingle. Socialize. Friendships are the peanut butter to their jelly or better yet … the popcorn for their movie …
Do you have that friend? I’d love to hear about them.