Thankful for Girlfriends with @KateSaysStuff

It’s International Women’s Day. And it’s Thankful Thursday. And today, I am thankful to be a woman! Let’s face it, look at the alternative! Ahh I jest. But seriously, every day should be International Women’s Day, I think.

Kate has a great post on the inspiring women in her life, her mum and her sisters. So I can’t very well copy that, though my mum and my sisters are a huge part of my life.

So today I’ll share why I’m thankful for the other women who are an integral part of my life – my girlfriends. I have several women I consider to be great friends. The funny thing is, when we were all part of the same group in high school, sitting at K Block, I didn’t feel that close to them. I was a part of the group, but I wasn’t. I was involved in sports outside of school, and that kept me a bit separate.

After school I moved to the US for college and long story short, stayed for 11 years. Before I finally moved home at the end of 2007, I found several of my high school friends on Facebook and reconnected. Many of them I had not seen or been in contact with for 11 years. But here we are, all grown up, almost all married, most of us with kids, and I feel closer to these women than ever before.

It is not like some people from your past where you catch up, talk about the old days, what others you went to school with are doing, and then have nothing to say. We talk about the present, about the future, now and again something from the past comes up, but it doesn’t dominate our conversations.

We share our experiences, support each other through relationship troubles, new parenting troubles, and “out to dinner” usually ends up in closing down the Casino bars. Once we tried a mid-afternoon lunch, thinking we’d be home earlier. We’re getting a bit too old to handle these late nights and it takes much longer to recover. Anyway, after our lunch, I left the others at the Casino at 9 pm, still going.

I love these girls. I am so, so grateful for these girls. I’m thankful for Facebook bringing me back into contact with them. I see girls in primary and high school, and I wish I could make them understand how very important girlfriendships are. Women understand each other like no man ever could and true friendships will be there through thick and thin, nurturing every step of the way. I am so very lucky to have them and I celebrate them, today on International Women’s Day.

Linking up with Kate for Thankful Thursday.

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16 thoughts on “Thankful for Girlfriends with @KateSaysStuff

  1. A great thing to be thankful for. I also keep in contact with primary and high school friends and although we dont see each other very often, when we do it is like we have never had the break in between. There is a strong connection and easy feeling of comfort with these special friends.
    Have a great day. K

    • They are the best kind of friendships, aren’t they? The ones you can go ages not seeing/talking to for whatever reason and then pick up where you left off. Very special, and I feel very blessed to have several of those in my life.

  2. you are so right…girlfriends are such a wonderful, wonderful gift!! The connection with my friends on facebook is something I am thankful for too…even with all the potential problems with facebook and social media, It has bee fantastic for stayng connected with friends!

    • yeah FB can get a bad rap, and I can see the reasons why, but there are also a lot of good things to it, too. I have actually been off FB for the last 2.5 weeks, b/c it was taking over my life, but it is so inconvenient NOT to be on there…I just need to learn to police myself a bit better.

  3. Beautiful post! I have very few good girlfriends unfortunately. Darwin is a very transient population, so it’s hard t make lasting friendships. Blogging has opened up a lot of new relationships and I love it. I may not be able to meet all of them for coffee every week, but I have friends in them nonetheless.

    • It is so hard being in an unfamiliar town, and I find the older we get the harder it is to make new REALLY GOOD friendships. People don’t seem to have the time to add new friends to their circles and it can be really tough. But online friends are great, too! Just would be nice to be able to sit and have a coffee with them in person once in a while!

  4. It’s great that you reconnected after such a long time away, and that you stayed connected. I’ve had so many old friends connect of facebook only to grill me a couple of times in private messages and then never bother to make any contact again. I’ve had nothing in common with any of them.

    Love your story! We need good girlfriends.

    • Oh no, that is awful Jayne! What on earth is the purpose of grilling you?!?! Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty from high school that I have NOT re-connected with, except out of pure curiosity to see what they are up to and then there’s absolutely no connection there. But gosh, a grilling? Some people never moved out of high school I suppose?

  5. Girlfriends are the best. I enjoyed morning tea with 2 of my closest friends today and it was just what we all needed – it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since the last catch-up, we just pick up where we left off and are always there for each other. That’s certainly something to be thankful for!

    • I wish every morning started with coffee and catch up with friends! It would make some does much easier to get through!

  6. Hear, hear! I love this post. I have a handful of friends who I love to bits but unfortunately don’t live close to them. I am very jealous of your late nights out together!!

    • Don’t be too jealous, they don’t happen too often, only 2-3 times a year! But I absolutely love them when they do happen. It just about takes us that long to recover these days we need 6 months in between 😉

  7. I too am a bit jealous of your fab lunches and nights out- I am just starting to get into deeper friendships after 5 years in Brisbane but there is something about catching up with people connected to your history. I love my connections on FB with my friends from primary but especially high school friends. Being overseas for 17 years i was out of the loop for so long and now we are part of each other’s day to day lives (instead of getting the highlights reel)

    • It is nice to be able to see them and catch up with them. We only ever have big nights a couple times a year – need a few months to recover! But the lunches and coffee catch ups completely fill my emotional bank account! It really does take time to establish close friendships when you are away from home.

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