Amigas and the Light of Encouragement
The planning for my next Chicks Weekend is under way.
Five of us. A cabin in the Tennessee mountain country. A lake. An extensive meals planning schedule. And, of course, a margarita machine.
It will be five of six of us who have regularly escaped together over the last 16 years. That’s before half of us had babies, before we survived a tornado and rebuilding together, before there were two divorces and three of us moved away from the neighborhood that made us lifelong friends, confidants, amigas del alma.
As the planning emails have landed in my in-box, I have been remembering what a role these women, who I don’t see much anymore, have played in my life. How we have laughed hard in times of light and rallied hard for one another in difficult times.
A most magnified event — beyond that wretched tornado and a decade of pot lucks: They piled into one car and drove out to see me after my daughter was born to boost my spirits. I had told them in yet another group email that I was struggling after a difficult birth and even more difficult breastfeeding attempt.
There When You Need Them
In short order, they arrived with a basket filled with handmade soaps, lotions and sweet treats and each one had written me a tender and honest card wishing me love, luck, strength. They shared their own stories of birthing and nursing. (I was the last of us to become a mom). They made me laugh and cry. They gave me permission to sulk a little bit and they showed me the light of encouragement.
It all got better, just as they said it would.
I still have the cards.
And, I am grateful I still have them.
I will tell them so again soon in a cabin in the woods.
Who has loved you, supported you, encouraged you just when you needed it? How have you encouraged a friend in need?
Disclosure: This “del alma” essay is part of a series sponsored by Hallmark’s “Life is a Special Occasion.” Opinions and editorial content expressed are my own.
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