Monday, December 25, 2006

35 years from now

At first I thought the goosebumps were from the window that I had cracked open while I was drying my hair this morning getting ready for holiday festivities. But as I heard Merideth Viera telling the story of this precious group of ladies and their annual holiday tradition, I realized it was actually the tv segment, that was giving me the chills.

The Today Show this Christmas morning, featured a group of 6 or 7 ladies, and their holiday tradition. For 35 years these women have gotten together, just the girls every year during Christmastime, to celebrate their friendship and the meaning of the season. As they showed them all, laughing, drinking, crying together, I found myself with tears in my own eyes. These women have been the very best of friends for over 35 years- they have been through everything together. Marriages. Children. Cancer. Divorce. Triumphs. Disappointments. Everything that best friends go through together, they have been there on the journey together for the past three plus DECADES.

And as I was watching it, I couldn't help but think- wow. The best part of the whole segment, besides seeing these precious little ladies laugh, celebrate, and be merry together... was the thought that this will be us in 35 years.

Saturday night, the night before Christmas Eve, I got together with 5 of my best friends for our annual tradition. Quite similar to these ladies, although probably more in the way of the pomegranate martini consumption, we celebrated our Christmas together, as we have for the past 6 years. My heart has been overflowing with emotion since Saturday. These girls are my angels. My heart. They are my home and they mean the absolute world to me. Seeing this special this morning on tv has left me smiling since, knowing, for certain, that this will be us in 35 years.

I feel very lucky this holiday season to be surrounded by amazing friends and family. To those that I love that are far away (B, S, Dad), I hope that you are enjoying the holiday surrounded by friends and family. To everyone else, I wish you all a happy season, spent with those that mean the most to you.

8 comments:

Jennifer said...

Great post. I love traditions. My best friend and I try to celebrate New Year's Eve with each other. It has been a tradition since college. Things have changed a little bit over the years, I've moved to Baltimore and she is still in New Hampshire. But we still try and get together. The date has moved, we know try and do it around our birthdays, but it still a couple days where it is just us girls.

e.b. said...

That is very sweet - a wonderful thought to think it could last for 35 years.

Ally said...

How wonderful that you have friends you cherish so much. I don't have any traditions with my friends really, but now is a good time to start. Thanks for the idea.

brooke alexandra said...

Loved the post. Continue to keep this tradition with your friends, no matter what, keep this tradition.

Amanda said...

very sweet to read. I am just now at the very moment, watching Disk 1 of the box set of Sex and the City! Thought about you as I read you love it :)

Hope you have a very wonderful new year! You are blessed to have friends near!

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Accidentally Me said...

I like it!!! Can you tell us who is who in the picture?

brookem said...

accidentally- I am the one in the red top with the lacy thing. :)

egan said...

I like this post a lot. It's very interesting to think ahead at what life might be like. You really do a lot of thinking. Yes, I'm reading your archives here. You have a tremendous group of friends and this says a lot about you as a person Brookem. This is a great tradition, don't let go of it.