I guess the post should be titled Four for Friday but I make five so I am going to keep it.
In my life, I have been blessed with four best friends, Andrea, Kimberly, Jenny and Erin. We have been friends since we are about three - that marks 30 years of friendship this year.
We met because our parents picked houses that shared yards and a neighborhood. Erin lived a little ways away but she still would come over to play with us. Our summers were spent running around the neighborhood, playing office, making soup outside, swimming in our pools, and riding our bikes with wooden walkie talkies that we made from wood chips and tree twigs.
I cherish every childhood moment I had with these ladies. There wasn't a day that went by that we did not talk or see each other.
As we got older and into high school we were still a tight bond. Andrea and Kimberly were cheerleaders so they were together, Jenny and I were in the band and we were together and Erin played tennis but was always at the games to support us. Erin and I also ran track together in the Spring. There probably wasn't a time when one of us was not with the other. Driving to school in the mornings and praying our cars got us there, afternoon pig outs watching GH in Kimberly's kitchen and of course weekend fun at the mall or just hanging out.
High School ended and we all left and went to different colleges. While we did not talk as much as we once did, when we came home for breaks we were inseparable. We all learned that we could still be friends even though we weren't in each others back yards.
As the years went on we all continued to stay close but we were also starting our own lives meeting new people, working on careers and getting married. It didn't matter anymore that we were not in each other's backyard, we were still there for each other.
Now that brings me to today and why I am writing this post. This week Baby Z was born, Baby Z marks baby #5 for this group of friends. It is like a whole new chapter in our lives has opened and I know we are still going to be there for each other no matter the circumstances. The moms of older ones will pass their wisdom to the new moms and the new moms can show the older moms some things that we didn't know.
I love these girls, they are like my sisters and I can't wait for summers where our families can be together, where our children can start making memories with each other like we did.