Girlfriend’s Weekend – Oh, Yeah!
by Liz Talley
So here’s the deal – all around me throughout the years I’ve heard moms on the playground, the gals next to me in Sunday school and neighbors talk about this myth - this venture out onto beaches, vacation houses and shopping meccas, with only girlfriends. For years I’ve longed for the same opportunity – to leave the laundry, the dishes in the sink (okay, I actually HAD to do those before leaving) and my whining children, barking dogs and grumpy husband all in search of wine, sales and talk of the cutest of shoes. Yep, I’ve been yearning for a girlfriend’s weekend.
And as my 4oth birthday approached (I know. I look 29, right?) I decided to cajole, bribe and beg my high school besties to drop what they were doing for just one weekend out of the year and join me on a little trip. Luckily, they all needed a break like I did J and we set the last weekend in April for our trip. We all live in Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma, so we decided the easiest place to triangulate and meet would be the Dallas area. One of the gals lives in Plano and suggested an area called Legacy which has great upscale outdoor restaurants and cute little boutiques. So off we went.
And it was wonderful!
And felt so good to be with the girls who knew me so well. My son asked why I was so excited about this trip, and the only way I could put it is that when you grow up with people, there’s this automatic bond. You go through all these things together – first kiss, first period, bra shopping, break-ups, studying for finals and….growing up. All those strange and yet wonderful firsts forge something special, or at least that’s the way it was with us. Doesn’t matter how long it’s been, it’s as comfortable as that pair of Levi’s in the closet, as sweet as that bottle of vanilla vodka we mixed with our Cokes, and far more valuable than could ever be described. We talked, we laughed, we cried and it was PERFECT. I’m not kidding. PERFECT.
I posted a pic so you could see how happy we were to be together…we’ve all changed, but one thing has not, and that’s our need to be together, love each other, and not do any laundry. Oh, and I brought them all a copy of Waters Run Deep, my new book that came out Tuesday. In that book my heroine Annie doesn’t really have any of these girlfriend bonds (or any others for that matter), but she finds a home in Bayou Bridge…and a chance at love. In one way, I feel sorry for her that she grew up so unstable she never forged bonds with girlfriends. On the other, I’m a little jealous of Annie…well, she is a tough former FBI agent and ends up with a sexy Cajun detective. Hope my Housewives of Webster Parish enjoy reading one of my books. Should give us something to talk about at the next get together. Oh, yeah. It’s now an annual thing.
What about you? Have you ever gone on a girl’s trip? Where’d you go? And if not, what’s your idea of the perfect girlfriend getaway? Or maybe you’d rather be left alone to read a book?