Thursday, January 21, 2010
You've Got To Have Friends
We have seen each other through many things. Watched our children grow up together, even vacationed at one time or another with some of them. Life has been good having them in my life. I've even had one of them move away for a time. I refused to believe she had moved, just gone on a long vacation. Fortunately, they moved back and I was able to feel like my dream had become the reality. Welcome home, Marilyn and Enrique.
One of my friends is another New Orleans transplant. We are able to keep our traditions alive. I have to admit we haven't gone visiting the local cemetery on All Saints Day with doughnuts in hand since we first moved, but Geaux Saints!!! Debbie and Al, my hand to gawd, friends forever dawlin' hawts!
Another friend is our fashionista. She keeps us on our toes and our shoes in style. Becki is even now on the television and radio as a political advisor. Without her advise on things political and fashion we would be out in the cold.
Another transplanted couple, Jeannette and Jimmy arrived here from Louisville. Another town with strong southern traditions. Jeannette's brother just happens to be married to another of our group so they are not only friends, but family as well. J is our talented faux finisher...has designed many beautiful walls of fame in town and all over the south.
And Laura and Mike, hometown heroes. They have lived here the longest. Laura actually longer than Mike since he moved here for college. I have had the good fortune to not only have her as my friend, but as my boss. Worked with her for quite a long time until the back broke. Wasn't her fault, honestly. In fact, it snapped at the wedding reception for Becki's oldest daughter. Was dancing my heart out and the hip went one way and the back another...sproing!!!
Last night it came crashing down on me how important they all are to me. One of us had a birthday to celebrate and the news of her child's engagement. One of us had to put a beloved pet to sleep. And most heart breaking, one of us is having to face the reappearance of her cancer. As we sat around a table at a local restaurant, listening and sharing in each others woes and blessings, I realized in a flash how blessed I am to have these strong, caring and loving women in my life. We have each other for support in good times and bad. And really, that's what friends are for.