You might be under the impression that I have no friends or maybe even just one because I seem to do things by myself .
That’s not true, it just seems like it .
I actually have friends , eight close girlfriends whom I call my ” Circle of Sisters ” .
They aren’t only my sounding board on work problems , ( theirs since I’m retired . ) , family issues , ( because they know that I’m nosey as hell and just need to know what’s going on . ), husbands or boyfriends , ( lack of either or the conversation usually begins with ‘do you know what that idiot did now ? ! ), and one of our favorite topics , health issues , ( because we’re all getting older and we all have them.)
We’re women of different ages, religions , and ethnicities , but we share one very big thing in common .
This is a 30 Plus Teams Tour so of course my friends have done many of them and they all like sports .
In some cases not all four of them , but you get the idea .
We did 30 Plus Teams Tours when it wasn’t even called that .
We didn’t even think about a 30 Plus Teams Tour back then.
All one of my girls had to say were the magic words , ” Road Trip ” .
You just knew what that meant no matter what the sport was.
Even back then vacations were planned around some team’s schedule .
It still is .
I actually made a day trip from my home in Boston to meet one of my friends in New Jersey for an afternoon hockey game.
I went back to Boston after the game was over because I had to work the next day .
I’m not going to lie and say that I did stupid stuff with the girls only when I was younger and didn’t know any better .
I should have because as my folks used to say , ‘girl , you were raised better than that ! ‘
When I got a little bit older , say in my late 30 ‘ s and early 40’s , the ” silly , stupid stuff gene” was back and better than ever .
Now that I’m older and I like to think a little bit more mature , I look back and think to myself:
“WOW , DID WE REALLY DO HALF THE STUFF THAT WE DID? !”
Don’t get me wrong .
This wasn’t the kind of things that would have you wearing an orange jumpsuit for the rest of your life .
Still , OH MY GOD , WHAT WERE WE THINKING ? !
Thank God we all met at a time when there was no social media .
You knew your friends from chuch , school , work or the neighborhood .
In my case , two of my friends , I knew from work and one went to high school with me.
The other six I met through the pen pal section of a sports magazine and something called ” Friendship Books . ”
These were little books that you made from index cards or construction paper in which a person wrote down their name , address , the player or teams that they liked and any other information about themselves .
You then mailed it to another friend who mailed it to someone else .
When the book was full, it was sent to the person who made the book in the first place .
Believe it or not , after all these years , all of us are friendly with many of the people whose names were in those books.
Try doing that now .
We now text each other almost every day and we’re on social media whether it be Facebook , Instagram , or Twitter.
Yes, we still get silly and stuck on stupid from time to time .
We don’t do FB anymore .
( That’s Friendship Books , not Facebook . )
We’ve been best friends for a long time and I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have my Circle of Sisters around me to be my sounding board about EVERYTHING .
( Thanks Susi Q , Lisa , Carol , Shana , Tee , Socorro , Mish and Myra ! Love you guys to the Moon and back . )
This includes going on a 30 Plus Teams Tour with or without them because we all have the same motto .
” STAYING HOME IS NOT AN OPTION . ”
What about you ?
Do you have friends that stood by you through thick and thin ?
Do you do silly things when you get together ?
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