I for one honestly couldn't get by without my girlfriends. Maybe cause I am not fortunate enough to have any sisters, I feel the need to fill that female void. Let's face it we women crave intimacy. I'm not talking about the same intimacy you can share with you spouse. I'm talking about the kind of connection that women share. Its much easier to talk to your girlfriends about those hot flashes and wrinkles that we um.....women of a certain age experience, than to face that glazed over look you get from your hubby when you start talking about "those things". Plus you need someone to share those crazy things your hubby does that either drive you crazy or make you laugh till your cheeks hurt!
I don't know about you, but if you have a few (or maybe even one) girlfriends that you can count on to listen or make you laugh till you cry, you are a very rich person.
A couple of my friends I have had forever. My friend B and I have been friends since Sixth grade (trust me that is a LONG time!). She is like a sister to me. We have been through a ton together and even when our families can let us down we are always there to listen to each other. It's a bonus since our husbands get along and now that we live closer we see each other often. She's my go to person when I need someone to really figure things out. I've had my friend G since Sixth grade also. Her and I went to the same school. She is my rebel friend. My husband calls us the Thelma and Louise of Kiel High. We did a lot of things together and had some great times. We have different lives now, but we keep in contact and see each other a couple times a year. When her first Daughter got married last year, it was like old times celebrating and seeing her family again to talk about the good 'ol days.
Then there are those friends you meet along the way in life. Some come into your life purely by accident, some you marry into, and once you get to know them-it feels like you've known them forever. They are the ones you have so much in common with that it is like fate that you meet. When I went on my trip to Paris three years ago I never expected that trip to pay me back in "friendship" dividens. I met some wonderful people on that trip. But my friends B and E have certainly made my life richer. When I need a mood boost I know I can count on B to give me the gift of laughter. At 75, she is one of the "youngest" women I know. She honestly has become my inspiration for how I want to age. My friend E is always ready to go on an adventure. We've gone on a couple mini trips to Chicago, seen a favorite band, and had many long lunches. When we get together it seems we never run out of things to talk about. She is one of the most positive people I know. There's not many people I would feel comfortable meeting at the front door with my pajamas on, her I do. When I said marry into, I was talking about my Niece K. Even though she is my Niece through my hubby, we are very close in age. She makes family get-togethers fun. We have much in common and do a whole lot of laughing when we get together. Going shopping with her is serious fun. She's been through a lot and still has an incredible sense of humor.
There's nothing in the world like having friends that you can laugh so hard with you almost pee in your pants, or your cheeks become numb and your stomach hurts. There's also nothing in this world like having friends that you can be serious with and share life's bad times. There are many more people that help make my life a happy place to be and I am thankful for all of them.
I'd say we are the luckier gender. Life would be pretty empty without our girlfriends. If you have some awesome girlfriends in your life-let them know life would be a dull place without them!!!