Sunday, 3 March 2013

My Precious The Third…

4 Storytelling SundayIt’s that time again! The first Sunday of March & time to share a story about something precious! I did have an object all lined up but then had a rethink!

On Friday something prompted me to realise that there is something very precious that I should be acknowledging, so my object will wait till another day!!

Enduring Friendship

I left Hereford in 1983 to set up home with Lee in Hertfordshire. I left my family, friends & much loved job with Estee Lauder! I started work as Deputy Manager of a fashion shop in St Albans but after about a year I missed my roots in cosmetics & took a job with Elizabeth Arden in a local department store.

It was here I discovered a group of friends with whom I had so much in common & we were soon spending our days off & evenings together, as if 40 hours a week on the department wasn’t enough! Those of us who had ‘other halves’ were not surprised that they got along well too, which helped!!

We did silly things like having themed fancy dress nights out & would cause much hilarity arriving in pubs & clubs dressed as fairies, schoolgirls or in our pyjamas! We had frequent dinners & parties at one another's homes & anything was a good enough reason to get together! We spoiled each other on birthdays & played silly practical jokes on each other!

Over the years we supported each other through heartaches & crises, celebrated successes, went to each others weddings & welcomed each others children into the world. Then, as often happens when children arrive, life moves you off in different directions & you don’t see each other so often.

But that friendship never goes away, even when you all move away into different counties & you’ve not seen each other in eons! When you do get together you just pick up where you left off, as if it were just yesterday!

This Friday I was lucky enough to get together with three of these friends, two of which I hadn’t seen for five years & it really brought it home to me just how lucky we all were to have shared those wonderful years when our lives were so intertwined!

5 Carol & Marci

6 Polly & I








We caught up on all the news, what our kids are doing (now all in teens & twenties!), who’s heard from who, & then we got down to reminiscing about the 80’s & the 90’s…& laughed so much at memories of those happy, happy days!

I managed to dig out a photo of the four of us taken at another friends wedding in 1995, but I’m sure if I dug deep I could find some of us as fairies, schoolgirls….!!

7 the way we were 1995

So, my precious this month is ‘Friendship’…I am lucky enough to have many people I call friends & I value each & every one, but to have enduring friendship is a true blessing indeed.

So, what’s your precious? Do share your story over at ‘From High In The Sky’ where I know you’ll be very welcome…you’ll find lots of other stories there too!

Thanks for stopping by & come back soon! Open-mouthed smile


Sandra said...

You've reminded us of just how we easily take friendship for granted as always just something that's there, but really it is such a precious, precious thing.

Irene said...

I love that you have shared your friends as your precious today, for they are indeed very precious. Friends have history, shared moments and it is good that you have so many happy memories. Lovely photographs too.

Sabrina S. said...

Friendship is sometimes the most stable thing we can have in our lives. Thanks for sharing your story with us.
Cheers from France

Sian said...

So precious, so precious indeed. There are lots of retreats on this weekend, so I know lots of us will be thinking about friendships and you have really struck a chord. A post to put a smile on our faces (as always..what a great knack you have..) Thank you

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for sharing your story. I love hearing about friendship that endure over many years.

Beverly said...

I have had my best friend for 43 years now and she is quite precious to me. I am lucky enough to have dinner with her and 3 other "girls" I grew up with once a month...sometimes we let the "boys" tag along but not often. Please keeping digging, I want to see the fairies!

Missus Wookie said...

Friendship is indeed something precious and I'm glad you were able to meet up and catch up with such good friends :)

Amy said...

I agree wholeheartedly! You have some great photos there!

Jo said...

Friendships are one of the most precious things we can have and they certainly stand the test of time!

Chipper said...

Friendships are definitely a very special precious!

Maria Ontiveros said...

What a great story. Sorry it took me so long to get round here.