I had the pleasure of spending this past weekend with 4 great friends from high school. One of them is my best friend Sophia, who I have mentioned in other post, the other girls were Naomi, Indigo, and Lois. These girls and I have known each other for 20 years give or take a few (which means we met when we were around 2 :). Sophia knows more about me than pretty much anyone, which is why I keep her as my best friend (with all the dirt she has on me she could easily blackmail me, better to keep her close). She was the master mind behind our fun weekend excursion. We all met in Atlanta, GA for shopping, dining, wine consuming, and to see the musical Wicked.
We had a great time reminiscing about high school, other high school friends, husbands, ex-husbands, old boyfriends, children, family, plastic surgery, and how much our lives have changed. The last time we all spent time like this together was our senior year in high school. Back then we were drinking wine coolers and Boone's Farm (you know you drank it too), throwing spring break parties at Naomi’s dad’s beach condo, picking up boys, flaunting bad hair and even worse clothes. We have some of the best story’s that defined our adolescence’s and who we are today. These moments in our lives were filled with tears, laughter, confusion, experimentation, the hardships of growing up, learning, maturing, love, and the value of friendship.
We have all changed since those days. Naomi and Sophia are both successful business owners, married, and mothers of 2 children. Lois is a working professional, wife and mother of 2 also. Indigo works for the government and is determined to save the planet. She is also married and has 1 child. We are all very different in more than just appearances. We have different views on politics, religion, taste in music, food, clothes, men, and activities. Our main common denominator is our children and the love that we have for them. I must admit I had no idea what to expect out of this trip. I figured 5 women with different lives would mean conflict and the need for a lot of wine. How wrong I was! We had a blast!
At one point Saturday night after a heavy Italian meal we went to a club where the younger the girls were the shorter the skirts got. The club required $250.00 for a table. There was no place to sit, not even around the bar, and my cheap self wasn’t about to spend $50 a piece at a club for a seat. Sophia took charge (naturally) and said, “What do you all want to do? Stay here or go somewhere else?” There was a long pause among us because I think secretly in our heads we were all saying I want to go home and get in the bed. However, if we did that it would solidify our “older age” status. We left there and went to another bar and ended out night around 1. The events that took place in that time BETTER STAY BETWEEN US!!!!!!!
Looking at all of us, how far we’ve come in our lives, how beautiful each of us are, and the promising future we all still have, I declared us Fine Wines and have established the Fine Wines Club (not to be confused with the First Wives Club. Although we could unite (some of us that is)). We promised that we would do this again in the future, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas or even someplace close to home. I hope we keep our promise and continue to have our girly time to talk, reminisce, and make new memories. Perhaps our Fine Wine club will grow and more friends old and new will join us. In 50 years when we are sitting in someplace hot, because that’s where you go when you’re old, we will reminisce about this time and the memory’s we made. For now I declare Fine Wines are the only way to go, and I am thankful that I have a blend of them!