A lovely afternoon with the gals... but it hasn’t always been this relaxed!
Anyone lucky enough to have a good bunch of friends knows what an essential part they play in our lives. We may not see them every day, every week or even every month, but that doesn’t matter – when good mates get together, they pick up right where they left off, no matter how long ago that may have been.
Well, I consider myself as one of those lucky people, and I met up with my particularly lovely pals the other weekend for a spot of afternoon tea and a good old gossip. Don’t know about them, but these days, I like to think of our group as Leeds’ very own version of the Sex and the City girls... except without the Manolos and Louboutins. Although actually one of us did bag a pair of Jimmy Choo boots in the Harvey Nics sale once – not me L
Anyhow, we get together every few months or so, usually for a nice meal, a few drinks and to share with one another what we’ve been up to since last time we met. It’s always pretty chilled and civilised, although I have to admit sometimes even a little risqué! Forty plus we may all be (one or two of us fifty plus actually), but we can still engage in conversation that would bring a blush to the faces of Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and probably even Samantha!
However, I think it’s fair to say the nature of our get-togethers has changed somewhat over the years. In fact, in the early days of our friendship, uninterrupted afternoon tea and cocktails would have been the stuff our dreams were made of. You see we all met for the first time a very long time ago now (with our tiny little babies), at a local first-time mums’ support group. Well, our ‘tiny little babies’ all turn twenty-two this year, and we’ve been meeting up regularly ever since.
Back then, we used to meet at one another’s house each Friday (even now we refer to our group as the ‘Friday Friends’), taking it in turns to provide a venue, a cuppa (or two) and a selection of cream cakes, bringing each week to a much needed, kind of grown-up end (actually, sounds like we’ve always done afternoon tea doesn’t it?!). Generally speaking though, we spent our Friday afternoons trying desperately to engage in something that felt at least a little bit like adult conversation, whilst juggling nappy changing, breast feeding and pelvic floor exercises - happy days!
Over the past twenty plus years, our friendship has created some unforgettable memories, you lovely ladies know exactly what I mean. We’ve seen one-another through our second (one of us even third) pregnancies, and supported each other through the ups and downs of motherhood, the highs and lows of relationships, bereavement, illness, separation, divorce, celebrations in their many forms, and probably everything else you could possibly think of in between (navel piercing and tattoos included) and all without a crossed-word between us, seriously!
The fifth member of our original Friday Friends group is, unfortunately, unable to join us on most occasions these days as she no longer lives locally. However, there isn’t a single get-together that we don’t think about her and wish she could be with us. For now, we'll look forward to when all five of us are, once again together, drinking tea and cocktails, eating cake, and celebrating our wonderful friendship.
Special people, special times!
As the Sex and the City girls toasted, at the end of their first movie, (raising their Marguerita glasses with a twinkle in their eyes and a knowing smile on their lips)... here’s to the next 50 years!
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