In case anyone is keeping track – 2 more weeks exactly until we go from a family of 5 to a family of 6.
It was my baby shower on Saturday and Ansie and Natasha did an amazing job – baby was so super spoilt and we got the perfect mix of pretty and practical things. We now, definitely, have enough “stuff” for her arrival. I am still waiting to feel emotionally prepared though – I wonder if it will actually happen before she arrives?
During the baby shower a few of us were talking about how long we have known each other and I had a “ping” moment – I do actually have some proper, strong friendships. Relationships, friendships especially, are not my strong point but despite this I have know some of the ladies who were there for nearly 12 years! I consider them all good friends.
We don’t see each other often, we don’t talk or email or sms often but we are still friends. We have, in varying ways, been there for each other. We have been through marriages, divorces, births, deaths and broken hearts together. We have cried on each others shoulders, asked for advice, celebrated many many birthdays, we have watched each others children, we have celebrated their victories. We have fought, been angry and questioned decisions and choices made, we distanced ourselves and then moved closer again.
For me, they have become my family. I don’t need to always see them to know they are there. I don’t need to always agree with them to love them. Isn’t that what friendship is?
I am also so very glad that I have this awesome group of women in my life as we all approach the teenage years a whole lot faster than we all like. (I am not sure if I mentioned how anxious this new phase of parenting is making me?)
One doesn’t know, till one is a bit at odds with the world, how much one’s friends who believe in one rather generously, mean to one. ~D.H. Lawrence