When I was a young girl I thought my friends were the best. There was my friend Karen who I met at the pencil sharpener in 2nd grade. "Hello, my name is Karen and I think you're pretty", she said. There were other friends too, but only a few really great ones - and we remain in touch still today. I remember saying that I would never make connections as an adult like the ones I had growing up.
Truth is you never know who you will meet in life's beautiful journey. Sometimes I believe people are put in place for a reason. Years ago I found myself volunteering with a group of great women, all new to me. When we came together the only thing we had in common was our 2nd graders. Over the years, volunteering together brought us closer to one another and deep friendships formed. We shared stories about our kids (now in college) and compared notes offering advice along the way.
We are no longer party planners or committee leaders, but we do from time have "emergency meetings". We meet for lunch/dinner to celebrate a new job or a birthday or just to catch up and chat. We keep in touch regularly by group texts. As a matter of fact, whenever I have a major parental decision to make I reach out to my girl friends (sometimes at the suggestion of Mr.). Together we text back and forth until we all agree on how an issue should be handled. I love those girls and sometimes wonder what I would do without them! And just think it all started with a "hello".
Speaking of HELLO...
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