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There’s nothing in the world like the bonds that women form. I’ve always cherished my girlfriends. As I get older, though, it’s more apparent to me how important these friendships are. At our age we have a new set of life experiences to walk through and having friends at our side makes the journey much less rocky. We help one another through divorce, illness and the death of our loved ones. We share information about the newest ways to combat  menopause, anti aging skin treatments and the latest workouts to tone our sagging bodies. We take each other to lunch, help each other with home improvement projects and buy each other gifts. In a word, we‘re thoughtful. In another word, we‘re considerate. In another word we care.

My mother has maintained friendships since she was a teenager. There are only a few girls left and only a couple of their husbands but these 80 plus women still call each other every month without fail. They live all over the country and will probably never see one another in person ever again - but those phone calls will never cease.

Last night I was treated to a wonderful dinner at Tiffany’s. The general manager is an acquaintance of mine and she called to invite me to be one of the 20 or so people to attend. I was honored. The tables were set up inside the store surrounded by all their wonderful jewelry. The meal was catered by one of our premier chefs on the island. I felt like Cinderella. Tiffany’s has a special place in my heart. A few years ago some girlfriends and I went to lunch and walked into the store afterward. One of the girls was set to buy a ring for herself. After a little prodding another in our group decided to buy one too. The third woman looked at me and said “I’ll buy one if you buy one. Double dog dare ya.” The four of us walked out of there with our little blue bags in hand.

One final note about girlfriends. If you have a chance, take a look at the photos on Yana’s profile from the brunch last month with the San Diego members. Look at the smiles. We are truly a fabulous bunch here on this site.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 8, 2009
    • I didn’t mention that of the 4 women who bought those Tiffany rings, one has moved and one lost her husband this year. Both of them say that having those rings make them feel connected to our group and the woman who lost her husband said that wearing that ring brought her strength to get through it.



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      UK Girl wrote Nov 8, 2009
    • It's true Cynthia – this week coming is hard as one of our "gang of four" leaves for two years to India for work. We speak around four times a day and see each other at least once a week..... So I guess my phone bill is going to be bigger than it is now chatting to her – we all have a bangle which is from Theo Fennell and is inscribed on the inside we got them for the Millennium and had a big party to see in 2000 ..... I often look at it an think how much has changed since we got those



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      Lazylola wrote Nov 8, 2009
    • It is harder to make the connections as we get older, but when we do connect with someone and feel that bond, it is so worth it to maintain it. Thanks for sharing, and I love the table settings, friends, food and jewelry, I like.



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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Nov 8, 2009
    • Cynthia, your words always warm my heart and help me to appreciate the little things in life.
      Sometimes we take friendships for granted. Not intentionally, but we just forget to remember how very blessed we are to have such wonderful friends, on a daily basis.
      You’ve made me think.....I will not let another day go by without thinking, how very blessed I am to have good friends. Most of them are right here on this website and most of them I have never met. But what a wonderful bond we share.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Nov 8, 2009
    • I totally agree.  

      Have a great Sunday



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      Melody Doran wrote Nov 8, 2009
    • I like what you have to say. This is very true. I hope to get to know all my friends here on this website.



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      Anne E wrote Nov 8, 2009
    • Cynthia, So glad to hear another story about women and their friendships. Even though I have no close friends living near me, my good friends pull me through by being just a phone call away.



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      Marya1961 wrote Nov 8, 2009
    • Thanks for sharing, Cynthia!happy



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      Mzd3 wrote Nov 8, 2009
    • estatic



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      Yana Berlin wrote Nov 8, 2009
    • You’ve said it girlfriend....there is only one thing better than the small Tiffany’s pouches, and that is girlfriends.

      Cheers to all,
      I can’t imagine walking through life without the support, inspiration and guidance from girlfriends in my life.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 8, 2009
    • Oh Melissabelle the menu was wonderful!

      Wine and appetizers were passed as we perused the cases and visited with the other guests. I skipped the appetizers but drank some wine.

      Dinner started with a small but delicious lobster salad with heirloom tomatoes and radish sprouts. Main course was Mahi Mahi with a citrus cream sauce and 2 very large medallions of filet mignon along with a truffle and mushroom tartlette and steamed asparagus. Delicious!

      Dessert was a chocolate fluted cup filled with cake and chocolate mousse - and a little Baileys! Very nice.

      I just felt dumb fat and happy when I walked out the door!Just kidding. I didn’t eat all my dinner because I’m really trying to lose weight right now. But the bites I did have were delicious. Our parting gifts were Tiffany playing cards.



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      Doreen XoXo wrote Nov 8, 2009
    • We sure do Judy!! muah

      That time in Cleveland was truly amazing on so many levels.  Not only was it the first time for me to travel alone but I met my friends for life!  I have friends from my past but that’s where they are, in my past.  We do speak sometimes and try to get together but we have grown apart through life.  Missy and Judy will be with me for the rest of my life because we have met at this point of time in our lives.  I hope that makes sense to you all estatic

      xoxo



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      Frannie1964 wrote Nov 8, 2009
    • Thank you for sharing estaticestatic Girlfriends are wonderful



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      Vikki Hall wrote Nov 9, 2009
    • what a wonderful story! Thx for sharing it with ushappy



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      Janet Wooley wrote Nov 9, 2009
    • Made me smile.. I love my girlfriends estaticestatic



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      Venus 7000 wrote Nov 9, 2009
    • Sounds like a great evening Cynthia.  Forget the food... look at all the jewelry!!  There is a reason why I avoid jewelry boutiques and the jewelry counter in department stores.  Its to keep my son’s college fund secure. estatic.  

      Its so true what you say about Girlfriends.  I have known my best friend since elementary school (for 37 years) there are times when I want to reach across the table and strangle her, but most days I don’t know how I would get by without her.  They are our support system.



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