Yesterday after I left work, the girls and I made a quick trip to our town's new splash park to play with my friend B and her daughter, Ella Kate. Just last week, we had a playdate at her house, so our girls are getting a chance to get to know each other a little better this summer. After the splash park, our friends came over to share my mom's birthday dinner with us.
As I watched the three girls running around our house, swapping baby dolls and squealing with laughter, I realized yet again how quickly my babies are growing up. They have friends now, real little friends. It is quite likely that these friends may be the very same ones they are sharing secrets and passing notes with in the years to come.
Among the many things I want for my girls is to know the power and the value of good girlfriends. When it comes to girlfriends, I am all about quality over quantity. I have never been someone found in the biggest, most popular group of girls, but I am very lucky to have a small group of girlfriends that I can trust with anything. They know me--the good, the bad, and the ugly--and they love me and support me anyway.
While our girls played, B and I did what we always do--we gabbed as quickly as we could about life, work, motherhood, and books. You know, the usual. But still, just those quick snippets of conversation remind me that someone is going through the same things I am, struggling to balance life in the same way I am. It's a comfort, isn't it, to know that someone else really gets it?
I think that's one of the reasons blogging is so popular now, because it links us to so many other people who are like us, when it's sometimes so easy to feel like no one could possibly understand. I feel blessed to have blog friends to enhance my circle of in-real-life friends.
Blog friends, childhood school friends, lifelong companions, or college sorority sisters....I hope my girls are as lucky as I am in the girlfriends department.
So tell me...what's your "girlfriend style", a big group or a close-knit circle? Are most of your current friends from childhood, college, or adult life? (I have a few of each, and I love that they all know me in different ways!)