Friday, February 20, 2009
"Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget."
The title of my post seems a little seedy but let me explain. Tomorrow starts a much needed vacay for the Hubby and I. We are going "across the lake into the city" for the next couple of nights. (If you know what I'm talking about, then you are from around here.) We are dropping off Tay so she can get some much needed lovin' from the grandparents. We are going to Mardi Gras and meeting up with a bunch of friends from college.
The older we get the more I think we learn to appreciate each other and the friendships that we have built over the years! Re, Blue, Lil Mama, Sissy, Cooter, Yankee (She is technically not a Yankee-but she is the only one of us that lives north of the Mason Dixon line!-I am sure after she sees this post she's gonna make me change her nickname!) Me, Hubby, Sarge, Big Poppa and Yankee's Hubby (who I have not met, so he doesn't have a nickname yet-I was 8mos preggers when they got married in NY) will all be spending the next several days together "down in New Orleans where the blues were born/it takes a cool cat to blow a horn!" Can you tell I am pumped?! We all met through our mutual love of Azure Blue and Woodland Violets....same sorority for those who don't speak A Dee Pi. (except for Sissy, but we let her hang around because she has gotten much cooler the older she gets!)
Anywhoo.....we have been through numerous boyfriends, several engagements, (a couple called off) bachelorette party weekends, numerous weddings, 9-11, a divorce, lots of moves, pregnancies, giving birth, babies with colic, losing parents, losing babies, graduations, many career changes, a couple of large purchases (houses, condos, cars, etc.), being arrested, almost being arrested, and many many late nights together (several where only Yankee really remembers what went down--THANKS.) Through it all we have remained very close. No matter where we move: Nashville, Knoxville, Atlanta, New Jersey, Charleston, Orlando, Hattiesburg, Baton Rouge, Montgomery, Mandeville, or New York we always come back to each other. We may go months with out speaking (Lil Mama-who by the way has gotten SO much better), or talk every day (Re), but it is always like no time has passed at all. We can pick right up where we left off. We can hang out on a street corner together for hours and have the time of our lives.
If you know anything about Mardi Gras you know that there is A LOT of waiting involved. You kinda stand around all day "holding" your spot to have a prime bead catching spot (right up front where you can straddle the barricades) for when the parades roll by. We will literally spend more time waiting for the parades then we will spend watching the parades, but that is what it is all about. We have just a good of a time standing around shooting the shit and drinking beer, as we do trying to catch plastic beads and cups. (90% will end up left on the floor of the hotel anyway!) I will take lots of pictures this weekend and introduce all of you to my "street corner friends! Oh, and to you newbies how we do Mardi Gras!!
Thanks for caring,
P.S. I will NOT make anyone cry this year---I promise.......I kinda get diarrhea of the mouth when I drink! OOPS!