Most people have someone in their life who has been with them for a long time. Someone who witnessed the awkward teenage years, who knows your family, who saw you through various relationships and cities… someone who has been around for the long haul.
Lucky for me, I have an entire group of girls who fits that description. 
To this day it continues to amaze me that not only has this group remained close throughout the years, but somehow – it seems – we have grown closer. 
Seeing these girls is like therapy for me. I smile more. I laugh more. I am the truest version of myself. It’s rare that we all get time together at once because we’re spread about in various cities and all have busy, busy lives – so when the stars align and it happens… we never want it to end. Time flies by at warp speed and we never quite seem to catch up on all we wanted to. 
I was fortunate enough to get to see almost all of these lovely ladies this past Sunday (we miss you Lan!), and it cracks me up looking back on the morning we had. We met for breakfast and talked non-stop for probably 30 minutes before any of us even took a moment to review the menu and decide what we wanted to eat. When our food came we ate slowly – more interested in the stories being told at the table than the eggs and hash browns on our plates. Eventually we finished and paid – but even after doing so, none of us seemed to want to get up and leave the table. Finally, we got ourselves out to the parking lot where we talked more and more… avoiding the inevitable goodbyes that were to come. I’m pretty sure we could be together for days on end and we’d still never run out of things to talk about. 
I think of these girls constantly. I think of how blessed I am to have them in my life. I know that if I ever needed anything I could call any one of them and they would be there for me without question or judgment. I realize how rare this is in life… and I’m thankful for it on a daily basis. 
I love these girls. They are my therapy. 
(**Photo circa 10 years ago… our last hoorah before we all left for college, I believe.)

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