Happy Friday All,
Almost a year ago, Girls' Night Out was born for me and 3 of my friends, Sarah, Lesley, and Prescilla. Once a month, we got together, went out for dinner, and coffee. It was our chance to hang out with each other, catch up, and have a good time. As a wife, mother, and writer, it was a chance for me to be with my friends, and just kick back and relax.
A few months ago, Prescilla had moved out of town. With Sarah's death in February, Prescilla had been a bit "off the grid" to receive the comforting presence of having Lesley and I around. We both kept in touch with her through phone, but she hadn't been to a Girls' Night Out in a while.
Wednesday I got a call, and I knew one of two things. Either Prescilla was in tears missing Sarah (who was like another big sister to her) or she was on her way into town. Turns out, the latter was correct. She said, "I'll be in town in about two hours." I've gotten used to her spur-of-the-moment decisions to come out and flew into action.
Lesley was free that night, and my husband would be home in time for me to head out. So we plotted and off we went.
Originally our plan was to go to TGI Friday's, but the location we wanted to go to was closed, so we decided on Chili's. Dinner was awesome.
While waiting on our checks, I contacted Sarah's widower, Stephen, whom I've known for 17 years. I informed him Prescilla was in town and he had to get himself to the coffee shop. So he met us there. After we got our coffee, we headed over to Stephen's apartment. I had my camera on me because I knew all three of us girls would be together and wanted a picture.
Stephen has a senior portrait of Sarah hanging above his television. We decided to stand in front of the TV so that Sarah could sort of be in the picture, since we never had a photo of all of us together.
In honor of Sarah, and the fact that these girls keep me laughing, and enjoying life, and are super supportive of me and my writing, I decided to pay them the respect they deserve and share the photo with y'all (yes, they are aware I was going to post it and gave me permission):