By Janet Prince
Women need to have a “best girlfriend” just as much as younger girls do. You know, the type of friend you can call on at any time day or night and know she will be there for you. I am very blessed to have several “girlfriends” in my life.
Recently, my best friend sat with my daughters while I had surgery and then helped them get me home and settled. Gary was away on his “bucket list trip,” so it was up to the girls to take care of me until he returned. Then, she was with me again on the day of our daughter’s wedding rehearsal and dinner when I had to go back to surgery. We were supposed to be spending that day decorating for the wedding, not at the surgery center, but thankfully I was able to attend both the rehearsal dinner and the wedding!
Back to my best friend, Susan. She always takes the time to pitch in and help me, and she is always there when I call. She has prayed for me through many surgeries and challenges over the past 18 years. I honestly don’t know what I would do without her in my corner. Because I don’t have any sisters, I am thankful that God brought us together all those years ago at the MOM program at Holland Avenue Baptist Church. We have watched each other’s children grow into young adults and teenagers and have shared many special events in the kids’ lives. We are “family” in every sense of the word.
I also have my best girlfriends in GFWC-SC. I am blessed and very fortunate to have four women in my life who I know are there for me and lift me up when I am feeling down. When the decorations needed to go up for the wedding, Jackie was there with her husband helping Ashlan’s new mother-in-law, Marsha, and Gary make everything perfect. Jackie and Tammy gave a wonderful brunch for Ashlan and her bridesmaids which I didn’t get to attend. Tammy also helped the bridal party put makeup on the flower girls and made sure they looked beautiful. Most importantly, Jackie, Laurie, Marian, and Tammy weren’t only there to witness Ashlan’s marriage to Joe, but also to show their love and support for me. The “Fab-Four” are my travel companions when attending GFWC conventions and board meetings. We enjoy the meetings, but we more so enjoy the time we get to spend together talking and laughing. We are true “girlfriends” in our hearts.
I hope you all are as blessed as I am with those special “girlfriends” in your life. If you are, let them know how much your relationship means to you. Plan a day of shopping, going to a play, or trying your hand at a new craft. Make it fun and enjoy the laughs you have together!