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.