I went away this weekend with some friends for a Girl's Weekend. We left the men in our lives at home and hit the road for a few days of girlfriend time. We ate good food, drank good drinks and squeezed in a few rollercoasters at the amusement park. We gossiped and giggled and wore silver and pink tiaras in our hotel room while we stuffed ourselves with candy and cookies.
This particular group of women has become my go-to over the last year. We do all sorts of things together from the mundane tasks of running errands when you just need a sidekick to the fun activties that you plan. The most simplistic way to explain how we came together would be because three out of the four of us work together and the fourth is the wife of one of the men in our office. As you internet readers know, I spend most of my days and nights at work so it only makes sense that the people I spend the majority of my waking hours with would become my friends. The whole idea of this weekend getaway stemmed from the fact that we always met up for girl's night to watch Grey's and had a great time so we took it upon ourselves to expand that tradition, plan an escape and enjoy the company we are lucky enough to keep.
Yesterday morning, as I was watching the Today Show, a segment came on about the emergence of intergenerational female friendships and for the first time I actually stopped to think about how that plays into the relationships I have developed with this particular group of women. The ages of the four women are as follow: 25, (almost) 27, 35 and 40. That is four different women, at four very different stages in our lives, with four very different life experiences to draw from, yet we all manage to get along and compliment one another in really fantastic ways. One of the most interesting tidbits from the show was that apparently most of these intergenerational relationships begin between coworkers, mostly because for many women the workplace is the first real opporunity they have to interact with women outside of their peer group. If you have a chance to watch the video you should, it brings up some interesting points about and how why these relationships work, who gains what from them, and why they are so important in our lives.
After listening to the women talk and thinking about it myself today I really can see that our ages and the stages at which we are in in our lives at this very moment is a pretty big reason it all works as well as it does. We each bring something very unique to the table and we each respect what that is in a way that is comforting and freeing and ultimately the very essence of what keeps a friendship intact.