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Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Power of Friendships

Girlfriends. Female companionship. Laughter. Shared intimacies. Friendships. Comradeship.





I spent the past 24 hours with my girl scout troop and their Moms. Our troop has been together for 9 years and their bond is strong. All the girls are unique, yet they are all alike. They go to different schools, yet their education is the same. They are very close, their bonds are strong. Girl Scouts has brought them together. Ten girls who would not seek each other out in a social situation because of their differences. Brought together through a single purpose, kept together by the bonds they have formed.





Watching these young teens laughing and talking brings tears to my eyes. They don't see their differences, or maybe they do and learn from each other. Some are into boys, some are into music, some are into books, some are into makeup, some are into nature.....they come together and are into one thing....having fun. Pillow fights, laughter, jumping on the trampoline, long talks into the dead of night, sharing intimacies as their bodies are changing. Priceless moments helping these young girls become young women. Teaching them that girlfriends are important. Talking to each other will help them sort out problems they have yet to encounter, life's challenges they have yet to face.





These outing are just as important to us Moms. Our laughter regularly wakes up our daughters. Our intimacies shared helps us as we encounter our challenges. Through divorces, deaths, illnesses, new births, new jobs, we rely on each other for support. We laugh until we cry, when deep down we want to cry over our current challenges. Our laughter drowns out our need to cry. We forget for a moment and lose ourselves in our comradeship. Our souls are cleansed with our laughter, our smiles.





We are showing our daughters how truly powerful female friendship is, how necessary it is to keep our souls healthy.





Last night we had a sleepover. We celebrated my co-leader's birthday. We laughed and talked into the deep hours of the night. Outside, in the backyard, our daughters were laughing and talking into the deep hours of the night. The traditions are being passed on.





We spent the day today having fun. We toured the Jelly Belly Factory, the girls played laser tag. they raced miniature cars. We had a wonderful time. We ended our day with smiles on our faces and we hugged each other goodbye, until our next outing, our next meeting. Good healthy fun, so important at this age for our girls.





We celebrated being women today, and becoming women. We savored our friendships. Girl scouts has brought us together, our friendships and our bonds keep us together.







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8 comments:

Debra W said...

Alison,

Sounds absolutely fabulous! What a special post. Your beautiful words touched my spirit. You are teaching your daughter a very precious lesson about friendship that she will always remember. You are such a special mom.

I wish I could have been there! I could sure use a little "female bonding" these days.

Big hugs and lots of love,
Deb

Irene Latham said...

The women in my family do scrapbook weekends that serve this same purpose... talk about feeding the soul. xxoo

lisaschaos said...

It really sounds like a great time! I had a sleepover for my 30th bday. :) Wish I had thought to have my daughter have friends over too. . .

Anyway, sounds like you had a great time and so did Cassie. :)

karisma said...

Sounds like a great time was had by all! We were just saying the other day that we should make our "girls weekend away" a yearly event!

Heather said...

That sounded lovely. What a gift for your daughter to have such fun, with no pressure. Sound like a great time!

Slick said...

I'm equating this to my football leauge.

That way I can understand it better :)

ChrisB said...

That sounds like a very special bond you have all built up over the years. It's a lovely that they will have these wonderful memories to take with them into their adult life.

mama speak said...

My oldest got to go to her first GS meeting this last week; Daisies. I was a GS through my whole school career and I'm still friends with several of the girls. Watching her at her first meeting just melted my heart right then and there. I'm so glad she's doing it. I'm so excited for the experiences she has coming.