every once in a while a few of my friends get together for some much-needed girl time. we are all moms and sometimes we need to take a few hours to cut loose without the kids. once, we made what could have been an ill-fated trip to ikea in portland, but instead it turned into a wonderful day-long road trip with a stop in hood river, great food, beer, conversation and company. even though things didn’t go as planned, the day turned out better than we could’ve imagined!this weekend we got together at my house on one of the hottest days of the year and we just hung out in my kitchen drinking cucumber freshies, talking about life, sex, kids and having a great time unwinding from life. we actually all had our kids with us this time and, even though they ranged from 17 months to 15 years, everyone got along splendidly and had a blast playing and watching movies downstairs while we hung out.
the afternoon turned into an impormptu dinner of salmon, rice and corn that my husband cooked for all of us and the kids. a significant other or two joined us and we had a most lovely evening.when i think about the bond i have with this particular group of women, i realize that the most common factor is that we are all moms. we are all strong women and our mom-ness doesn’t define us but it is definitely something very important to each of us. it joins us in a kind of unspoken understanding. it doesn’t phase us that, more often than not, we don’t finish a sentence because someone little interrupts us, or that the conversation can bounce from subject to subject in the blink of an eye with no cohesion. i love the bond that i have with these women. we are all so different, but so much the same too.
cheers, girls. i love you.
p.s. i’m working on getting the cucumber freshies recipe posted along with the apricot goat cheese bites.