Bea and her two best friends, Gwendolyn and Doris, (whose names have been changed for this post – but they know who they are!), have been through a lot together. Their friendship started when they were barely into their teens – you know, when drama and teenaged angst reigned supreme. Now in their fifties, the friendship is still going strong. Together they’ll face hot flashes, age spots, sagging body parts, memory lapses, and of course, take advantage of that senior citizen discount at Meijer’s. Bea figures that it will last, well, forever. After passing from this earth, they’ll meet again “up there,” and be able to have Girl’s Night Out whenever they want. (Wouldn’t that be heaven?) What’s great about the friendship is that “the girls” are happy to empathize with Bea when she’s having a rough time – but they’ll also give her a kick in the butt when she needs a push out of the “woe is me” mode. In the words of the divine Miss M., (and the really divine Ms. Bea) you got to have friends. Some fun facts about friendships and other social connections:
- They relieve stress and help you live longer (and if you’re gonna live longer, you want friends around to keep you company).
- And there’s no doubt that they enhance your life and your mental health.
Bea’s friendship quotes of the day:
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice. (Samuel Johnston)