K's bachelorette party was held this past weekend. Her little sister and one of her best friends planned it for her. Friends from Chicago flew in. K only wanted her friends who knew each other to attend. She didn't want to have to work the room like a cocktail party.
This was the original group of friends: M, J, K, and B. M and K have been friends since pre-school days. J joined them in middle school, while B came on the scene in high school. They went to college together. They hadn't planned to live together, but extenuating circumstances changed that. (M's mom was diagnosed with cancer and died shortly after they graduated from high school.) They needed each other. The whole group has been there for each other through thick and thin, happy and sad.
The girls had such a good time. There was a brunch and bridal shower. There were amusing games. This one involved K chewing a lot of gum. Every time she missed a question that CT had answered, she had to add another piece of gum. Obviously, she didn't do that great! We even decorated koozies for our evening out.
The planning that went into this day for K was amazing. L was so organized, and M so gracious that the day was exactly the day and evening K had requested! It was a relaxing, fun gathering of dear friends: a nice "Final Fling Before the Ring."
This song is for K and friends. I have loved it for a long time. They don't make them like Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder any more. Actually, I'm not sure many people are lucky enough to have the "girl friendships" that K and these young women share. We should all be so lucky!
"Keep shining, keep smiling
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure--
That's what friends are for
In good times, in bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
Oh, that's what friends are for..."