Beware the mighty Capricorn trio!
It’s important to appreciate and celebrate the people who stick around for whole lifetimes. I’ve known these girls (they will always be my girls) since grade school, from band practice to study hall to lunch tables to football games to parades and dances and slumber parties. I know their faces as well I know my own, and they are more precious to me than I can say.
My dear, dear friends! How much I would give to cast a big wide net around this city and hold you in close forever.
I don't know who I would be without you.
And many thanks to suttonhoo & SarahB for manning the camera at the Regency.
p.s. I cannot wait to turn 50.
Last year I made one birthday wish, and what do you know? Eleven of my dearest girlfriends actually took me up on it! They start arriving today, friends from Chicago, from Wisconsin, from New Jersey and D.C. (not to mention those lucky enough to live on this little island with me). Some I've known for almost 30 years and others for just over one. Some will be missing—oh, and greatly missed—but today I am only grateful for this, per my dear Mr. Yeats:
Think where man's glory most begins and ends
And say my glory was I had such friends.
p.s. This is not hyperbole, and boys still are not invited.
I decided very late Thursday night to fly into Chicago for Mrs. Smith's birthday party on Saturday, because what's the point of being a single girl with disposable income if you can't use it to hide in the shower and surprise your friends? Suckers! And boy, was Mrs. Smith SURPRISED. She's a very good reactor, what with all the screaming and jumping and everything. (So is Chips, although I don't remember her doing any jumping, and Stretch says she thought I'd be there anyway because she has the special alien power of foresight and reading between the lines.) Anyway, I kind of like mailing myself halfway across America to some of my favorite people in the world.
Also, I was chastised no fewer than five times for being too loud while playing a FAKE GAME. So: you're welcome, ladies! See you next year.