Okay so tonight I went out for only like the sixth time in my adult life to a "Girls Night Out". I'm kinda old school like that- I don't really believe in the whole "Girls Night"-"Boys Night" separately thing if you're married....except on the very RARE occasions, that is.
But tonight was one of those special rare occasions.
A group of my BFFs all got together at our local(for some of us) Texas Roadhouse Steakhouse for a "Girls Night Out" to celebrate my birthday.....and a bit of a Bon Voyage, too.
Jennie, one of the girls, made a lovely white cake with strawberry filling and chocolate frosting. It was decorated with pink roses and sweet-peas, and on it she had written, "Happy Birthday Sunny. We'll miss you!!" It was delicious!!!!!
All together we had eight girls there.....There was Me(of course), Cindy(or Cece as I call her), Karen(or Kay-Bee), Jennie(no nickname for Jennie- it's a sweet little name for such a sweet little girl :-), Julie(my daughter), Valina( or Nina) My baby sister, Rhonda(Rhonnie, my BFF of 40 odd years), and Terry (one of my BFFs who started out as an online friend and quickly became a RL friend).
We all ate, laughed and had a WONDERFUL time. I took video of about half of it. They took photos on their cellphones and posted them on FB. After seeing one of me tho I feel like running right out and joining weight watchers again. Even after all that weight I lost- I still look like- if not a beached whale- at least a big cow. Ugh....but you know- they say that the camera adds 10 pounds to you...so I'm thinking that the lighting in there added another 20 and then the light shirt I was wearing added another 15 at LEAST- so that's why I still look so big.
At least, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Anyway, it'll get fixed soon enough...I'm WORKING on it- it didn't take just a month to get it all ON so I gotta keep at it and not get frustrated that I'm not losing as quickly as I would like.
Anyway.......So I had prepared this little speech/toast for my girls,part prepared and part to be ad-libbed according to who was there, but every time I thought about getting up and saying it- I looked around at my group of beloved "Sisters" both Chosen and of Blood, and I teared up and knew it wasnt going to happen.
I have a week of work left and then 12 days after THAT before I leave for good, and if it's this hard to say that little speech now- I cant imagine how hard it's gonna be later when it really is the last goodbye.
I know there's e-mail, and FaceBook, and Skype, and phones, and planes.....but oh wow. It is going to be HARD.
So- to all my Sisters I just want to say....
Robin Morgan said “Sisterhood is Powerful”.
I have Sisters. Blood Sisters and Chosen Sisters. Sisters who have made me laugh and wiped my tears. Sisters who have seen me stumble, cheered me on & kept me strong. Sisters who have held my hand when I needed helping up and Sisters who have held my hair back after having too much “fun”. Sisters who got in trouble with me (coming to mind is a certain “handcuff incident” with one of you and we will NOT speak of it to anyone else, now will we??) and sisters who got or kept me out of trouble…and I certainly recall too many of THOSE to mention separately or we’d be here all night!
Sisters who have yelled at me, who have coaxed me, who have loved me in some of the most lovable and unlovable moments of my life. Sisters do not give up on each other. Sisters are Forever kind of Friends.
Every single one of you sitting here today fit into two or more of those categories. To all you- my sisters I just want to say Thank you- and I love you all!!!