This image came up today on my FB timeline and it took me right back to my years of being a single Mom. Wow!
There were some lean and lonely times but, looking back, I wouldn’t change anything.
I had a tribe of friends, family members and work associates who were all there when I needed them. We all grew together, supporting each other in every way we could. I truly believe there was divine guidance in play for all of us.
Many times there was too much month at the end of our money, so we would call each other and ask “what do you have in your pantry?” Then we would pool our food and get together for a meal with all the kids. Some of our meals were certainly creative, but it was a blast!
I’m very blessed to have these two children, Michele and Steve, who have grown into two fine adults. Even if they weren’t my children, I would choose them as my friends.
Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’
Several of my long-time gal pals and I get together for a reunion, usually once a year. It started a long time ago when our kids were young. We needed a break from them so our husbands would agree to take care of the kids for a weekend so that we could all get away and relax, eat too much, shop, and stay up talking until the wee hours of the morning. If I recall, our first getaway weekend was around 1972.
Things changed over the years. Divorces happened. Sometimes months would go by before we got together, but we all still clung together for emotional support as good friends do. One time (after three of us were divorced), we wound up living in a cul-de-sac where there were two bedroom houses for rent. (We called it Divorce Court). Ha! But the rent was affordable and that was good, because the child support wasn’t consistent and we didn’t make much money on our jobs; and then there was child care to pay. So many times we would pool what was in our pantries and all eat together just to make it to the next payday. Those were the days … the days of growing, learning and leaning on each other. I am one lucky woman to have the kind of friends that I do.
Years later, our good friend who lives in northern CA decided to dub us the Happy Trails Friends. At the end of our reunions, we always sing Roy Rogers and Dale Evans’ song, “Happy Trails To You Until We Meet Again.” I’ll be meeting up with my Happy Trails friends in November for four days and can’t wait. We always find some fun to have.
I happened to see that the Roy Rogers show was on a cable station and decided to stop the screen and snap a picture of him and Dale. So here they are with a slight “old” effect.
In case you’re curious, there’s more to see about this at our Happy Trails blog.