Nine years ago, my group of high school girlfriends and I started a tradition of annual reunions. Most have been a few days at the beach near our hometown of Tampa, Florida but on a few occasions we’ve gone a bit wild and done some more exciting trips. When I was pregnant with Ellie, we went to New York City and last year we took a trip to Vegas. Since 2013 is our 40th birthday year we decided to take a 3-night cruise to the Bahamas.
There’s a group of what started out as 8 of us (7 now after Dina passed in late 2010), and not all of us are able to attend each year. But we sure do try because we know how important our time together is, especially after losing one of our own.
Reunions Over the Years…
But these reunions are not a focus of grief, rather a celebration of life and of our longtime love and friendship. And it is SUCH great self care in so many ways. Relaxation. Fun. Talking. Laughing. Dancing. Tears. All of it.
Sadly this year only four of us were able to attend but we know next year will be different. We’ll make sure of it.
I’ve known these girls since I was 13 years old, and in some cases a few of us even longer. I cannot even begin to express how much I love each and every one of them, and how beautiful it is to jump right back into our friendships no matter how long its been since we’ve talked or seen each other. We live all over the country, and a couple of us aren’t even on Facebook, but none of that matters when we’re together.
I feel so very blessed to have each of them in my life: Tabetha, Heather, Kirsten, Nicole, Meghan, Wendy and ever-missed Dina.
Thank you for giving me so much joy and friendship. So much love and acceptance, always. You are in my heart and a part of my family forever.
OK, where to next year girls!?