Those Gales of Cackling Laughter You Hear Would Be My Girlfriends and Me

Today (and that would be the literal "today", not the figurative "today"sheesh, now I’m paranoid…) Corrie and I are road-tripping a couple of hours away to visit with a couple of very dear old friends.

(And M and L, because I know you’re reading this, let me clarify that I mean "old" as in "long-time", not "old" as in "aged", because we are of course still looking every bit of 20, aren’t we, chickadees?)

I had a special bunch of friends in college.  We met when we were 18 years old–a bunch of big-banged, starry-eyed sorority girls.  We laughed and slept too much, and we surely studied not enough.  But we stayed up late and we bared our souls.  We cried and danced and talked and learned and cried some more.  And I wouldn’t trade that bunch of girls for anything.

We’re official grown-ups now.  We have husbands and children and mortgages and mini-vans.  We live all over the place.  And yet nothing has changed–maybe our eyes aren’t as starry, and thank the stars above our bangs aren’t as big, but we can still laugh and cry together til our sides hurt.

So I’m signing off the computer to go see two of those sweet girls today, and I’ll be sighing with a little sadness that I can’t see the rest of them.  To the ones who are reading this (you know who you are!)…I miss you.

Y’all have a good day.

13 thoughts on “Those Gales of Cackling Laughter You Hear Would Be My Girlfriends and Me

  1. Sally says:

    There is nothing better than spending time with old friends, but making new friends is equally wonderful!! I had a long conversation on the phone last week with an old friend who moved away a few years ago. It was a great way to spend an afternoon!

  2. boomama says:

    Don’t forget to give them the secret handshake. Maybe y’all can find that secret tunnel from the amphitheatre to the Chi O chapter room…. 🙂

  3. hogphan says:

    For whatever it’s worth, those visits get more and more fun! When I went off to college in 1963, I made some really good friends and 6 of us have stayed really, really close for these last 44 years! Next week, we’ll get together for the day at the horse races not far from here for our annual visit with each other. Then, during the year, we’ll often talk to each other on the phone and see each other at ballgames, etc, another time or two. When we get back together, it’s like being Freshmen in college all over again. We’ve been in each other’s weddings, we’ve attended each other’s parent’s funerals, we’ve watched our children get married and now we’re grandparents. As men, we don’t do a great job telling each other we love each other, but it’s clear we do and I wouldn’t trade all those times for anything! It will be the same for all of you out there with 10 and 20 year friendships. One of these days you’ll look up and they will be 40 year friendships, or more, and you’ll enjoy them all the more! Hope you have a great day!

  4. Ginger says:

    You might enjoy the book Same Sweet Girls by Cassandra King. It is about some long-term friends whose friendship began in college.

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