I turn the big 65 this month…what I like to refer to as a speed limit birthday. And while I have never paid much attention to the number, this one seems to be giving me pause for some reason. Maybe because the whole damn world seems to know how old I am right now based on the number of phone and mail solicitations I receive on a daily basis reminding me that I am now a medicare recipient and, therefore, OLD. This is so hard for me to come to grips with since I feel and look like I am 45…ok..55 (on a good day and if you don’t look too closely). But it is also Women’s History Month where we celebrate all the accomplishments of women throughout the centuries. So what better time to celebrate all the women in my life who make me very happy every single day.
- Janis. Childhood friends are the best. We cannot get together without talking about and reminiscing about all the people we have known since we were 11 years old. We became fast friends in sixth grade when I was the new kid on the block and have remained so throughout marriages and divorces and death of parents and health issues and distance and all the things that take place throughout a lifetime. But as we begin this next phase of our lives as seniors and as grandparents I vow to spend much more time with you.
- Sharon. I have always prided myself on the fact that I have several friends that I have had for decades and you are part of this prized group. We grew up together as babies in the business world and while our lives took very different paths I continue to count you as one of my most valued friends. You know the kind…those you can count on no matter what to defend you and support you and be by your side regardless of distance or how much time has passed. I mean, really..who else would offer to fly over from Hawaii to help me when Rick had his heart surgery? I am so happy that you will be almost a neighbor again and we can spend more time together. March babies rock!
- Grandma Lou. You accepted me into your family and your social circle over 30 years ago without question and we have been inseparable ever since. I treasure our visits to Home Goods and traditions like annual visits to Canterbury Gardens and the Harvest Festival and, especially, the many millions of bottles of wine we have shared in your living room while we solve all of the world’s problems. You and your wonderful boys mean the world to me.
- Lisa Lisa. While 10 years in age separates us I am constantly surprised at how parallel our lives are. We are so different yet so much alike. I am so impressed by your creativity and your friendliness to others and your loyalty to your family. Who knows, someday we may even be on the same page politically…..not!
- Kate. No one knows more about my family dynamics than you and I have so valued your professional and personal input throughout the years. We have been through many storms together yet I learn something new from you each time. No one can make me laugh like you can. You are an honorary Haynie, like it or not!
- Bowlin. What can I say? We had an immediate connection from the moment we met as did our husbands, which makes our friendship that much sweeter. You are the sister I always wished I had and there is no one I would rather watch “White Christmas” with, share a bottle (or two or three) of fine wine with, discuss books or ski down a mountain with than you.
- Kathy F. You will always be Kathy “Flirty” to me. And even though thousands of miles separates us, I think of you often and look forward to the two or three letters/cards we share throughout the year and have done so for the past 35 years. We need to get together soon if, for no other reason, so I can make fun of your accent!
- The group. Sharon, Paula, Deb, Denise, Kathy, Patti, the bingo ladies, and all those other ladies with whom I share fun and special moments.
- Jenna bear. While you are my daughter I also count you as one of the most important, if not THE most important woman in my life. You have become the type of woman I want to be friends with–kind, compassionate, smart, funny, motivated, brave and positive. While I take much credit for that (lol) in all seriousness, it is all your doing and how you put to work the tools we gave you along with your own personality. No mother could be more proud to call their daughter a friend than I am.
These are the “things” that made me happy in March and every other month of the year. My hope is that you have many women friends in your life that bring you joy and laughter every single day.