Sunday, December 14, 2014

Girlfriend Gathering ~ 2014


When you divorce later in life, most of your friends are married, and you quickly learn that establishing new friendships isn't easy. You want someone who “gets” you on a certain level, and allows you to be yourself without judgment. You also want someone you are comfortable with when conversation is sparse. Someone you can do nothing with and not worry about it.  Someone who doesn’t just talk, but who also listens. Someone who doesn’t miss a beat when the demands of life keep you apart.

I've been blessed with friends like that, and for a while now, I’ve wanted to gather them in my home, introduce them to each other and enjoy their company as a whole. It finally happened last night, and it was just as lovely (and lively!) as I knew it would be. 

Over bowls of spicy jambalaya, we talked, listened, laughed, drank sweet tea and made merry. I’m thinking it should be an annual thing. Me. Them. Us. One of my friends had previous plans, but maybe next year she'll fill the empty chair at the table.

Someone once said that when you die, if you've got five real friends, you've had a great life. These four beautiful women—each unique and special—are real friends to me, and I'm so grateful our paths crossed. We've shared tears, fears, heartaches and headaches, but also joy and smiles. I pray I have enriched their lives in some small way. They have certainly enriched mine. ♦

8 comments:

  1. It was a perfect festive evening. It's indeed a pleasure to be able to gather with ladies of kindred spirit for, conversation, music and food. Thanks so much for being my friend and including me in your circle. Love you truly.

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  2. It's wonderful that you all were able to get together!

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  3. How fun! Great photos of you and your sweet friends!

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  4. You can call yourselves the divorced darlings or divas or something or other. Everyone looks so festive and fabulous.

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  5. You are mightily blessed!

    Hugs a cheery Christmas,
    Kelley~

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