Today is International Women’s Day, a day that has been observed since in the early 1900’s. Every year on March 8, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. So in honor of this day, I decided to reflect on an important woman in my life – my best friend Kelly. The title of “best friend” is a big term to give to someone. It is about commitment. It involves balance, trust and understanding that lasts through decades and life changes
I am lucky to have had the privilege of having Kelly as my best friend for over 20 years. We have shared so many life events; our marriages, birth of our children, new homes, career changes, new pets – I could not imagine going through any of these without having her being a part of them. She was with me in the delivery room during the birth of my second son until my husband was able to arrive from his job in the city. That was the day that she told my mom that she too was pregnant with her first child. There are now five children between the two of us and I could not imagine my life without her in it. She is the godmother to my youngest son, and I am for her daughter.
We listen to each others problems and we make an effort to see each other as often as possible. We are lucky enough to live fairly close to each other and juggling our family schedules is not easy, but even when weeks go by without seeing one another, when we do meet up, it is like no time has passed. We talk, text, email and Facebook all of the time, but actually making the time to spend time together is something we really make an effort to do.
Kelly just graduated from nursing school and did this all while raising three young children, managing a household, carpooling and making it to most of her children’s sporting events! I am so proud of her and I admire what she is doing with her life.
My only regret in our friendship is that I did not meet her sooner!