Women and Friendshipby Lee McKenzie
One of the things I love about being a writer is the amazing way it has expanded my circle of friends. And I’m not talking about mere acquaintances—I mean real and true friends.
Next week four friends and I begin chemotherapy treatment. In truth only one of us has cancer, but we’re on this journey together, doing what we can to offer moral support. In between, we critique each other’s work and brainstorm story ideas.
Of course, this isn’t my only circle of friends. Over the years I have kept in touch with my closest high school girlfriends. We shared many of those “firsts” that are so important in a woman’s life—first boyfriend, first broken heart, going off to college, first apartment, first job . . .
Today we have very different careers and lifestyles, but the bond we forged when we were teenagers has kept our friendship strong. The last time we met for dinner, two of our grown-up daughters joined us. Our circle has expanded, and while our daughters may never become best friends, they instantly shared our bond of friendship.
Someone recently sent me an inspirational message that says, “A girlfriend is never farther away than needing her can reach.” That is so true, and whether they’re old friends or new, they’re among the people I value most in my life. They're always there to remind me what the Wet Noodle Posse’s motto says so eloquently . . . be good to yourself, or else!
Tell me about your circles of friends. I'd love to hear about them.