Weekend with the BFF's

Every year I get together with my four best high school friends for reunion weekend. (Appropriately labeled "The BFF's" in Lynette's e-mail strings.)

There is something powerful about hanging out with extraordinary women--especially the ones who have known you forever.

Let me introduce going from left to right...

Kristi-G-from-Tennessee is a school teacher. She and her husband, Kevin, were high school sweethearts so we've known him forever too. Kristi has two daughters, is very active in her church and loves the small town she works in outside of Fort Worth. Rumor has it that Kristi paints her toenails school colors during football season and goes to all the games.

LC lives in a beautiful part of Texas full of rock and random wildflowers. She's an artist--a very talented one actually. Her husband--whom she met when she was pursuing her doctorate--moved from academic life to working with Olympic athletes.

Lynette-the-Cowgirl and I grew up on the same street in Fort Worth. She was an integral part of the western art museum in the city where she lives now; and recently took a post as assistant registrar at a university. I was in Lynette's wedding...she actually did marry a cowboy. I have the photos with the hats to prove it. (Smile.)

In this group, I'm Barney--a takeoff of my maiden name.

LP has two boys and a husband who is a high school teacher. All are avid outdoors people and most of LP's vacation pics have no makeup. (Which as it turns out looks adorable on LP.) Laura teaches at Northlake College a couple of days a week--which suits her schedule given the ages of her children.

This weekend was one of the most relaxing I've had in a very long time. We hung out in the hot tub, got pedicures, ate (a lot), laughed and laughed--and laughed some more.

We allegedly may have flamingoed someone's house--though I'm not sure standing in Garden Ridge with boxes of flamingos counts as actual evidence.

Here I am back home and I already miss you guys. Can't wait until next year.
© Random Cathy
Maira Gall