Friday, November 30, 2012

Girlfriend Reunion 2012

What is more fun than a family reunion? The annual girlfriend reunion! We girls (actually mature women acting immaturely) know how to let off steam. When we get together each year we leave all the worries of family, work, and life in general at home. For brief periods we may console and council each other, but for the most part it is time for food, wine, music and laughter.

 This year we rented a fabulous estate among the vineyards of the Napa Valley. Once we passed through two levels of security gates and secured them behind us, we located our enchanting wine country villa. The first order of business was to scramble for the best sleeping quarters. Our general rule is the camp director for any given year gets first pick of bedrooms. The rest of us work it out between us and once settled the good times begin to roll.

This is such a special time for this group of six friends who have known each other most of our lives. If asked what we did while in the wine country, I don’t really have an answer. We don’t do anything. We don’t go anywhere, we eat in, and really, we could be anywhere. It is a time for being together, for reminiscing, strengthening bonds, and learning more about each other. It just so happens we are laughing through most of it, an occasion tear, but mostly laughter.

I am very lucky having these friends in my life for going on 50 years now. I hope you have special relationships that give you a sense of security that a long-term friendship can give. If you have lost touch with people from your past maybe it is time to reconnect. Reach out to an old friend and see what happens. If this turns into a renewed friendship, I would love to hear about it. Leave a comment and I will share your story.

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