Four old friends in a 100-year-old house perched on a hill
overlooking an idyllic mountain town for two nights. It doesn't get much better than that.
For going on 15 years now, I have been taking a fall trip to the North Georgia foothills with these classic beauties and friends whose hearts I now know after many years are even more beautiful than their sweet faces. We have shared births, graduations, marriages, divorces, sicknesses, surgeries, deaths of parents and, with those milestones, many tears and even more laughter. We are truly blessed to have each other's friendship.
For some reason this weekend's trip seemed especially special to me, if you know what I mean. I don't know if it's because every one of us was there with no other commitments interfering, if the stars were aligned just right, or if the barometric pressure was perfect. But for some reason I can't quite put my finger on, it was a really good one. They are all good, but this one especially. My brother has said before I'd like to be a fly on the wall and just see what you gals talk out. No, he wouldn't. He definitely would not. When we are together, no topic is off limits and sometimes that leads to a heated discussion, an embarrassing confession by one or more of us, but always unadulterated laughter. There isn't even a remote possibility that one of us returns home not having had a down-to-the-deepest-part-of-the-belly laugh.
Some snippets of conversations heard by the walls of that 100-year-old house:
So, as you can see, these are not just ordinary friends. These are friends who rejoice with you when you are rejoicing, who grieve with you when you're in sorrow, who will NOT kick you when you are down, and who make your life better just by being in it. When you have friends like these, you never have to worry about being alone or being misunderstood. They forgive you when you fall short, they love you unconditionally, and they speak truth to you when you really don't want to hear it. They are the roses in the wildflower bouquet of life. Their sweet-smelling fragrance fills your heart with love and happiness (figuratively and literally).
If I wish anything for anyone, it is that you have such a friend. And that with that friend you develop a deep understanding of each other and that you make many wonderful memories together. And that when you take a girls' getaway with them you laugh until your belly hurts and tears roll down your leg. And that you confide in them, invest in them, and talk and be crazy with them in a way that others simply cannot understand.
And be sure to have a covenant of blood with them that what is said at Twin Oaks also stays at Twin Oaks. Here's to you, dear friends, and all that you mean to me...
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