My great-grand mother Ebie once commented to me, as I walked her from my house to my aunt's house next door after a visit,--a visit during which many of my friends had stopped by--"that it is friends that make you rich, not money. You are lucky to have so many nice friends."
I am lucky. I have always been. Not in the way some people are but I know that I have always been blessed by knowing so many great people that I can call my friends.
She died a year after telling me this but her words have long stuck with me. So on this Mother's Day I want to thank all my Mommy friends and family for giving me such a rich life. With you guys as friends I live my life like I have Bill Gates's bank account. Thanks to: Lala, Bubbles, Noni, Tara, Meme, Dee, Carrie, Liz, Kim, Pam, Steph, Stacie, Barb, Jess, Danielle, Tisha, Anne, Camille, Lissa and on and on. You guys make this Mommy gig easier by keeping those tough days from ever feeling lonely.
I especially want to wish Meme and Carrie a happy first Mother's Day. Meme, I know you have waited years to be a Mommy. Congratulations. I am sure that you will be as excellent mother as you are aunt, friend and confidant. And to Carrie, I say welcome to club. You will laugh more now than you ever did before.
Last night Meme was hospitable enough to yet again host us at her house for a fun evening of food, drink and fireworks. The kids had fun too:
Check out Beau's arm. Rookie of the year 2021:
All the kids; Carmella, baby Pat, Beau and Chase:
Best buds--that is when they aren't killing each other:
Fireworks and Carmella's cabbage patch: