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Let’s Talk Out Loud About Friendship

July 9, 2011

Since fifth grade, I’ve had the great fortune of being   best of friends with Leslie.  It’s an honor and a privilege to care about someone for so long…to watch our lives unfold with unwavering support.  A forever friend understands the when’s and why’s of your life without any ‘splaining.  This deep “knowing” provides a shorthand that allows us to be part of each other’s lives in a profound way.

After I interviewed Leslie for our book, “Women I Want to Grow Old With,” she and I began thinking about our enduring relationship.  We called and emailed about why we care so much for and about each other.  We said things we’ve always thought but perhaps never expressed.

It’s this “talk out loud about friendship” that acknowledges our relationships in a whole new way. It’s part of our belief as the authors of this blog that we need to overtly invite our friends to be women we want to grow old with. W e encourage you to specifically ask your friend(s) to “grow old together with courage, health and attitude”—what we call GOTCHA!

Who are your GOTCHA! friends and why?


9 Comments leave one →
  1. MargE Bhola permalink
    July 10, 2011 11:20 am

    I have a few different friends like that– we all went to elementary school together and did Girl Scouts together as well. We actually just started a conversation yesterday about doing yearly trips/adventures!

    • July 10, 2011 10:26 pm

      It’s the best, isn’t it, MargE! The yearly adventures sound terrific. In fact, a future blog is about how great it is to scheme and dream with our friends. Thanks for sharing!

    • July 14, 2011 3:19 pm

      Yearly trips can be so much fun. What destinations are you considering? What are some of the spots that some of our blog friends love to go to?

      • MargE Bhola permalink
        July 14, 2011 8:05 pm

        Right now we are talking about Chicago or Austin. We have people in our group who live in Alaska and people who live in Florida, so we wanted to find a central location. Midwest, here we come!

    • August 3, 2011 6:08 pm

      MargE your determination to maintain your grade school friendships is so inspiring. What a gift you are giving yourself and the other amazing women in your “Girl Scout Troup”!
      Will you invite the other women in your group to share on our blog? Margaret

  2. Noonie permalink
    July 12, 2011 8:32 pm

    That enduring friendship is something to be proud of and treasure!

  3. Midge Knox permalink
    July 12, 2011 10:49 pm

    what is amazing is the divine concept of things built on a solid foundation, will
    stand strong during the years, no matter what storms may come……….as the saying
    goes make new friends but keep the old one is silver and the other GOLD!!

    • August 3, 2011 6:10 pm

      This is so true, Midge. It’s the Girl Scout song that my daughter sang so proudly. It’s never to late to collect lots and lots of gold and silver friendships. Margaret

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