Monday, December 10, 2007

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Picture

Bev, Judy, Nancy, Debbie, Nancy (front)
Brenda & Margit (back) Beth had to miss this outing.

Good friends help us laugh at all of our problems! We all feel better when we whine together!!

Margit is our first picture caretaker.

Eighteen years ago--in 1989, some girlfriends started meeting for breakfast on the second Monday of every month. You have heard of the organization called MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). We called our group MOCKS an acronym for Mothers of College Kids. Since that time all of our kids have graduated from college, we are all mothers-in-law now and we are all grandmothers. I just counted and I know that among the eight of us there are 57 grandchildren—maybe I even missed some.

We have become a sisterhood of sorts. At breakfasts, we have shared our tears and our laughter. The group has saved our husbands hundreds of dollars that we otherwise would have needed for therapy and counseling. We do not limit our times together anymore to once a month breakfast—that is just the only protected date that we have on our calendar. We love to get together whenever we can think of an excuse. Sometimes we even invite our husbands.

Today we went to Long Grove and did some Christmas shopping. I don’t even like to shop and I shopped with the best of them today. It is so much easier to find great buys when you are in a group! Debbie made the discovery of the day—a traveling picture for our group. We will bring it each 2nd Monday of the month to breakfast. At each breakfast we will decide a worthy friend that should keep the picture for a month and then bring it back the following month. You’ve perhaps heard of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. We relate.

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