I just started reading The Saving Graces by Patricia Gaffney. It is the story of a group of women who call themselves the Saving Graces. There’s a story for where the name came from, but I’m sure it also stands for them being saving graces in each others’ lives. After all, wouldn’t you say “saving graces” is the perfect description for your close girlfriends? I most certainly would.
I laughed with this picture because it was taken years ago when these ladies and I ran a half marathon in Nashville, TN (hence our cowgirl hats). There were no babies in our lives (now eight in total). How times change!
But good girlfriends don’t change. The truth is women friendships age like wine. They gather more flavor, develop complexities and get better and better as the years pass.
Living and parenting are no easy feats. They are, at worst, manageable, and at best, incredible, with dear girlfriends by your side. You each experience different things at different times, but you know each other well enough to offer support no matter the occasion. When you open up to a dear friend and she speaks from the heart, you are comforted in a way that not even your partner can comfort you. For within the differences of our genders comes the difference of showing compassion, support and empathy.
Women listen to each other and don’t try to fix one another’s problems. Women are emotional and understand another’s “irrational” (especially pregnant or post-partum) logic. Women laugh together like they can only do with other women. It is incredible to be around a group of loving women.
This week, I’m thinking of my saving graces. I’m blessed to have a handful of them; each offering support in their unique ways. I talk to certain friends about certain life happenings. Each has their special touch of comfort and wisdom. All have their special touch of a love-filled respect for me. I cherish them deeply.
Thank you, my saving graces! You make this adventure called LIFE an exciting and pleasant one to be on. I know I am better because of you.
Wishing you a week of realizing the graces in your life.
Hugs and love.