GIRLFRIENDS… YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT THEM!
Have you ever laughed like a hyena? Well I admit, without any shame, that I sounded a lot like a Serengeti jackal this past weekend as I hung out with friends on a scrapbooking trip to the North Georgia Mountains. And during the trip it really struck me how important my girlfriends are to me and my emotional wellbeing. This time away really rejuvenated my spirit and it was largely because my silly, sweet, smart , and funny girlfriends were there.
For instance, we all got the giggles as we shivered in the cold, dark, half expecting a bear to show up, while one of the ladies fixed an oil leak for another. One of us forgot to pack extra clothes, so by the end of the four-day weekend, she was smelling not-so-sweet and everyone let her know it! Another friend told a hilarious story about a college visitation with her son where they got lost from the group and ended up in a sorority house with all the girls staring at him like he was a piece of meat. Guess you had to be there. That’s just a few of the shenanigans. We are a bunch of wild and crazy scrappers! Once when we heard gunfire in the distance, we all brandished our exacto knives and promised to take on any poor hunter who wandered our way.
If you’ve never been on this type of get away, I highly recommend you try it. We check all makeup and fashion at the door, so to speak, and opt for comfy jammies and tee shirts. We take turns cooking comfort food and sharing recipes. Then we haul out our hobby, which is scrapbooking, but could also be a book club, physical fitness club, etc. Scrapbooking strongly appeals to me because it allows me to be creative, all while doing the very necessary job of documenting pictures, events and happenings in the life of my family. We have those who scrap digitally on their laptops and we have those who use paper, stickers and scissors to create our art.
All these activities really encourage us to drop inhibitions, let down our guard and really open up. We talk about our children, husbands, jobs, and faith. Through the years on these annual trips, we have gone through breast cancer, divorces and remarriages. We have seen kids starting preschool and followed their progress all the way through high school graduation. These girlfriends understand what I’m going through like nobody else does. After all, they’ve walked the paths of married life, parenthood, career life and womanhood. None of the significant others in my life have had such a close experience to who I am… except for maybe my mother.
So all this to say, take time for your girlfriends. Go to a movie or out to eat. If you’re up for it you can even plan a weekend like ours. The point is to nurture these relationships because they really are so important to your overall wellbeing!
ABOUT The Mind of a Child
1940: When Jessa gives birth to her youngest son, instinct tells her all’s not well. Her husband and doctor are keeping something from her, but what?
2007: Willa adjusts to her new job serving as an assistant teacher in a special needs classroom. At first she balks at the work she has to do - often involving bathroom issues and tantruming children. As she grows into the job, she comes to truly love her students, even as she learns that things aren’t all that they seem within her own family.
The Mind of a Child paints a vivid picture of contrasting times, disparate perceptions, and the women who shaped them. As they rely on their wits, family, and growing faith in God, their stories intertwine, teaching them that love can overcome any challenge.
ABOUT Marshanne Mishoe
The Mind of a Child is Marshanne Mishoe’s first novel. She started her writing career back in the mid 1980’s as a television news reporter and anchor. She worked at WIS-TV in Columbia, South Carolina for the better part of a decade, and before that she had a two-year stint as a writer and producer for SC-ETV’s satellite branch in Beaufort, SC.
Marshanne now makes her home just north of Atlanta. She lives with her husband, Steve, and their three kids, Jake, Spencer and Marishay. Their dog Millie would be highly incensed if she were left out, so she lives there too.
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