I must say, I’m so fortunate to have been single back in the days when Sex In The City was the latest craze. I really wish there was another show like it right now for the singles in this day and age. There probably is but I’ve not discovered it.
I can remember having this Carrie Bradshaw look at one time during my single days. Of course, I didn’t have that fabulous jawline or that incredible collarbone but I definitely had the Carrie personality of my crew.
We certainly had our share of Samantha’s and Charlotte’s and one Miranda. After my divorce in 1999 I was living in Tennessee with no family there. I had a great career but was single and alone. Thankfully I met my girlfriends and they literally got me through a very hard time in my life. They made being single fun and not the end of my world like I thought it would be. I was definitely in a rut and very down on myself. I felt like such a failure since I couldn’t make my marriage work. I felt broken, ashamed, and rejected.
These girlfriends took me under their wing and showed me a friendship, bond, love like I’d never experienced. We would watch SITC, movies, cook, drink, shop, just sit up talking, go out dancing, weekend trips, laughter, tons of laughter. We made fun of each other and cheered each other on. We were each others accessories.
I can remember one time one of my girlfriends (A Samantha) had one of those above ground donut blow up type of pools in her backyard. She decided to have all of us over for a pool party and had fruity cocktails with little umbrellas and we had on the cutest hats and bikinis….A few of us had already had too much to drink on our floats and singing at the top our our lungs to “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” by Eve & Gwen Stefani when one of my friends grabbed the side of the pool to catch herself from falling off of her float and the pool started collapsing and we all went sliding down the hill in her backyard as the water escaped like a hurricane. It was fucking hilarious. Tops fell off, floats were snagged on trees, cups went flying, it was a hot mess for sure. We all laughed so hard we were crying. What a fantastic memory.
I miss them so much. I moved to Atlanta about eleven years ago and they’re all still in TN. We see each other about once a year.
I don’t miss those single days but I sure miss my time with them. It almost feels like they helped raise me? They helped me to grow and become ME. They helped me to fall in love with myself so that I could be set free to find love again.
Eventually I had to let go of who I used to be and embrace the new and improved me. They were part of that process of building me up and now I’ve arrived to the best me ever.
Girlfriends are so important whether you’re single or married….Keep in touch. Take the time out to go shopping with them or to plan a trip where you get a few days together to catch up. There’s nothing better than that quality girlfriend time.
Make the call to one of them and set up a lunch date or grab a coffee. You ALL deserve it!
I’ll leave you with this fantastic beat. Now every single time I hear it, it takes me back to that pool spilling us out into the backyard 🙂