Eddie: shirt-carters; pants- osh kosh
Today was needed.
Today I was restored as a girl. As a friend. As an individual.
And the ironic thing? I so didn’t want to go.
This ridiculous depression that has taken over my brain had convinced me that I would not have fun, that it was going to suck away family time, that I would be miserable.
I am so SOO glad I did not give in to that.
This morning I got up on time (after a lovely Ambien-induced GOOD night’s sleep), showered, got dressed in something other than yoga pants and a hoodie, and headed out to meet my friend, Whitney.
Together, she and I traveled to Lansing to meet our other four girl friends with whom we went to college.
The six of us shared lettuce wraps and kid stories at PF Changs.
We laughed and reminisced about tattoos and living arrangements over manicures and pedicures.
We shared stories from the front lines of pregnancy and parenting while sipping coffees and munching cookies.
We realized that this summer will be the wrap up of two “rounds” of us each hosting an annual get together for us and our spouses/families. That means this is the TWELFTH year we have had a “reunion”.
We absorbed the fact that counting the two buns in the oven Erin and Tara are baking? We will have 12 kids total between us making the kid to adult ratio equal this summer.
Today was lovely.
I laughed genuinely.
I shared freely.
I put away my misgivings (which proved to be futile and false).
I did become incredibly tired, but I was able to push through it instead of cripple under it.
Today I listened to my friends…instead of being too inside my own head.
And even though I am totally spent tonight?
I am happy. I feel like a good friend.
And I have cute nails.
This post is part of Harper’s Happenings’ Steppin’ Out Saturday.
Thank you to Whitney, Tara, Erin, Kimmy, and Kristin for a wonderful, needed day. This day came exactly when I needed it. Your friendship is appreciated more than you can possibly know.