I am a lucky lucky girl.
I have the best friends anyone could ask for. In fact, I am lucky enough to have had the same best friend since 7th grade. She is my besty, my BFF, my couldn’t live without friend. It doesn’t matter what happens or changes in my life, she is a constant. Sometimes we talk several times a week, sometimes we don’t talk for well over a week. (Although this is rare and when it happens, I feel completely discombobulated.) Life moves on, but she is always there. That never changes. She brings balance to my life. She encourages me.
Lately, the word “tribe” has been floating around the Internet. As I’ve been thinking about my tribe, the people who I turn to in times of pure joy and utter sorrow, I have realized I have a fun conglomeration of friends. I have my local friends – those I meet for coffee, play dates, and the occasional girls night out complete with a glass of wine and giant dessert. I have my out of town friends, former roommates, Facebook friends – those who I long to see for a weekend getaway and those who I have the occasional online chat or “likes” of their status. And then I have this whole entire new world of online friends – people I either connect with online via Twitter or this blog – or people who I’ve now met through conferences like Type A or Mom 2.0, who I value and admire.
My friends are my lifeline. Without them, I would be lost. In fact, often times I forget the luck that I mentioned at the beginning of my post. I am lucky to have the friends that I do. I am blessed to have them in my life and my heart is bigger because of them. It is one of my goals for 2010 to spend more time with them. Since becoming a mother, I have lost a bit of that connection and my heart aches a little just thinking about it. It’s not that I don’t want to spend time with them, but there is so little time in the days, weeks, that all of a sudden months go by and you realize you haven’t even picked up the phone.In just a few weeks, I have TWO occasions where I get to spend quality time with two “tribes”. My very best friends and I are headed to the mountains for a girls weekend and I am beyond stoked. An entire weekend of girl talk, wine, junk food, naps when we want to, no make-up and anything we want. It is much needed and much deserved.>Then I get to meet-up with some of my college girls for a baby shower. When we get together, it always seems like no time has past at all, even though it’s typically over 6-12 months since we’ve last seen each other. We always stay up late and reminisce about old times, the crazy college days. We talk about our husbands, our houses, our hopes and dreams.
As I write this, I miss my friends. I miss the ones I never see. I miss the ones I just talked to. I want to grab them up in a big group hug and tell them how much they mean to me. And to say thank you.
I am a lucky lucky girl.