Eight girls gathered…
Two grew up in Illinois,
Three were born and raised in Kansas,
One Iowa farm girl, One New Yorker, and me…a native Floridian.
We went to a lovely home on the Gulf of Mexico, a rental that was once a couple’s home. Three stories reaching into the blue sky near the blue waters of a coastal town, Anna Maria Island. Our “home” for five days was the “Yellowfin.” The houses are named, and rightly so…they are full of personality and stories.
We created our own long weekend of stories. Recording our funny quotes of the weekend and re-reading them the final night, we laughed. Dining out for lunches and dinners, we discovered our favorite places on the island to eat and again laugh. Shopping was also a must, a group of eight women…how could we not? Anna Maria Island was special. Biking, walking, driving, and running around the island was an adventure we all will remember.
Remembering these eight women is a treat. We all come from different upbringings, but we all married, become mothers and ended up in the same neighborhood in a Kansas City suburb. God does that sort of thing. There is a Divine hand in friendships. He weaves together stories that He deems necessary. These women are part of my story, and I thank Him for that.
That we may be lucky enough to travel,
That we may have the gift of family,
That we have true friends that do not fight but rather love on one another,
and that we have sweet spouses that are willing to let their wives slip away for a retreat of girl time…these are all big blessings.
November is a time of thanks. I thank each of these girls for spending the time and money to come to Florida. This is my home, and it is truly a place of beauty. Friends make the world an even more beautiful place, and I feel fondness toward Kansas…a stopping point along my husband’s career journey. It was also a place where I grew into being a mother, a friend, and recognized the power of both.
Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine.
The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith.