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NATIONAL GIRLFRIENDS DAY – According to Webster Dictionary, a girlfriend is a female friend.

I would define a girlfriend as more than just a female friend. A girlfriend is someone who understands your sense of humor. She tells you the truth about herself and respects your truth.  If you don’t see each other for six months, a true girlfriend would never bring guilt into the equation.

I don’t know what I would do without my girlfriends. They keep me sane and have been there for me in really tough times. Fun gatherings for coffee, wine or dinner are perks but my real girlfriends are the ones who have sat with me in the hard times, dropping everything for each and every funeral, phoning just to ask “how are you today”, bringing me a much needed glass of wine while I melt down on my front porch. They don’t  try to fix me. They are there when I need them.

Not surprisingly, I would miss the hugs from my girlfriend of 48 yeas. She is cheerful, matter-of-fact and laughs loud. She is one of the smartest and most loyal people I know.

Vacationing with one of my favourite women in the whole world is the absolute best! She and I are two peas in a pod and we laugh, swear, finish each other’s sentences and share companionable silences (and Smarties … lots of Smarties).

If I didn’t have girlfriends, I would miss the biweekly Thursday night phone call with my longtime bestie  in Pembroke.  She and I have spent many weeks together.  Unfortunately, one week was for radiation road trips, but the rest are fun cottage getaways.

Planned marathon phone calls known as The Debrief would be greatly missed if I couldn’t talk to another dear girlfriend.  She makes me laugh and we always hang up having decided which sayings we would put on t-shirts.  My favourite to-date quote of hers is “I don’t need friends.  I need a debate team.”. Still makes me laugh.



National Best Friends Day celebrates the friends that are family and the family that are friends. Our life is better with our besties.


 BEST FRIENDS DAY! – Beth and I met when we were six.  I can still remember her waving at me from her driveway.  My newest neighbour became a lifelong friend at that moment.  Beth gives the BEST hugs.

Rosalie and Tina lived on my Residence floor in our second year of university.  We have been through everything together and are better friends now thanever.

Christie is family and a friend; that is the best kind of family to have.

Kevin and I have known each other since we were born.  He and his brother are my brothers.

Karren and I are sisters at heart.  We were meant to meet.

Heather makes me laugh.  I love her because she is so many things that I am not. Her husband Mike fills my corners.

John B makes my heart sing. He know what I mean by that.

Pat is the drummer in my band. He is one of the most caring men I know.

Paula is my neighbour.  Yesterday, she sat in a cemetery and had a beer with me and my late brother.

There are so many more friends from a life well lived.  It is truly gratifying to think of them all.

But best friends are the champagne of life.  Cheers to all the best ones!