It wasn’t until after I graduated college that I really understood the importance of female friends. I mean, I *had* them, but they were few & far between, and I definitely took them for granted. I always preferred the company of men (ahem), and I simply didn’t appreciate the importance, nay, the necessity of best girlfriends.
Fortunately, my old friends didn’t give up on me during those dark years, and, in my late 20's, I was lucky enough to find myself part of a true gang of girlfriends. After all those years, I finally got it. And then, I moved to Seattle, away from the comfort of the chicks that knew me…and loved me nonetheless.
Lucky for me, I already had one built-in Seattle girlfriend, so I was doing much better than most that are new to the land of the Deep-Freeze. And now, 6 years later, I am fortunate enough to belong to another gang. And a badass gang at that.
But today, one of us is going away. She is pursuing her dreams, her goals, what feels right for her. And we’re so happy for her. But we are sad for us. We know that our lives will go on.
Book Club will still meet. We will still
celebrate together, hurt together, laugh together, gossip together, round-table
together. But now, there will be a
little Laetitia-sized hole in our hearts.
Still, here’s the thing about this gang. Once you’re in, you’re in. You can’t get away from us that
And so, with this glass of Happy Wine, I toast you, Laetitia. You little French-speaking, ass-kicking, sextopus-making, American bikini-wearing, wine-drinking, marathon-running, truth-speaking, Chinese perm-getting, booty-smacking, ghetto grocery store-shopping, Cherry Pie-dancing, party-instigating amazing girlfriend, you.