So That Was Fun

Probably the best way I can explain this past weekend is to tell you that by nine o’clock Friday night, I had to take two Advil because I had a splitting headache from laughing so hard.

No kidding: there were several moments this weekend when I had to remind myself to breathe.

As an unexpected bonus, our friend Melissa was able to join our little mini-reunion at the last minute. Melissa was Miss Everything in high school, bears a stunning resemblance to Julia Roberts, and earned her PhD in something I couldn’t explain to you if I tried. She had a baby not too terribly long ago, but she has bounced right back into her usual size 6 clothes.

Also, she does not have any wrinkles.

And if you’re thinking that you might have to resent her for just a second if you met her, I’ll just go ahead and tell you that you can’t. It’s impossible. She’s one of the kindest people I’ve ever met, and when I think of her, I think of sunshine.

So between the surprise of getting to see Melissa, Merritt’s wacky shenanigans that left me doubled over with laughter, Daphne’s well-timed punch lines, and Liz’s hilarious stories, I am exhausted in the best possible way. We ate way too much, talked non-stop, and laughed until we sobbed. It was divine.

I kept a running list of blog topics in my head all weekend…I thought that I might write about our recollection that Merritt once wrote a term paper in college on belts, or celebrating Melissa’s birthday in a Mexican restaurant and Merritt using just enough Spanish so that the busboy got a bit of a crush on her and literally embraced her when we left, or my complete inability to park Liz’s gigantor SUV without either taking up two spaces or ending up at a terribly awkward angle.

But oddly enough, I find that I can’t write about any of those things.

Because as I sat around my breakfast room table this morning and looked at the faces of four girls who, for the better part of my life, have seen me at my very best and my very worst and everything in between, I felt so completely, profoundly grateful for the blessing of such sweet friends that it overwhelmed me just a little bit, and I realized that there is absolutely no way that my words can do our weekend justice.

And that’s okay – because there are some parts of my life that I just need to hold really close to my heart without thinking about how I’m going to edit them. That’s how I feel about these past few days.

However, you’ll be delighted to know that D. returned home today with a humdinger of a Martha story, and I’m sure it’ll make its way into the blog fray in the next day or two.

By the way: do you know what was the best part of D. and Alex being gone all weekend?

When they came home.

See y’all tomorrow.

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  1. Glad you had a blast with your friends. I have to see some recent hair pictures. Your girls must redeem themselves, and I know you probably took some great pics. What a sweet thing to say about your hubby and son. I always feel the same way when my kiddos and my man leave for a weekend.

  2. I can only imagine how great your weekend was for you. You certainly sparked memories from so many of us. My brother graduated in 1984 and I just had to share some of the songs and fashion comments with him. He had a few to add to both lists himself, causing both of us to laugh hysterically. You just have a wonderful effect on so many people in the best possible way. I’m so glad you had a great time. Can’t wait to hear a story or 2 about Martha (Mah-tha!)!

  3. It sounds like a great weekend. It was fun to think back to those good ol’ high school days along with you. Ahh, the tretorns. I’m new to the blogging world and yours gives me a lot to smile (and chuckle) about. :)

  4. EIther you or my PMS made me cry just now reading it. Friends are the family that we get to choose and you have chosen well.

    Glad y’all had a great time!

  5. I love you so much! You are the best…always have been.

  6. Awww. That’s so sweet.

  7. I love this post. You certainly know how to make a girl cry…Your friends are very lucky, too.

  8. I’m glad to hear of your delightful weekend with friends.

  9. Friends truly add the sparkle to life! Glad you had a great weekend with the girls, and that the boys are home safely. Can’t wait to hear about Martha!

  10. I thought laughter was supposed to be the best medicine… bummer about the headache! But it sounds like it was worth it, what a fun weekend!

  11. belts. That is a deep topic.

  12. She’s really not kidding; my face was literally throbbing from laughing so hard.

    Boo, like I told you yesterday, you are the “glue,” and we love you for it.

    Merritt, Liz, Boo and Melissa, I have such admiration for each one of you. Thanks for a wonderful weekend.

  13. Sounds like an absolute blast! I’m glad you had such a fun weekend!!

  14. I am so glad you had such a great weekend with your friends, and I loved what you said about holding some things close to your heart without thinking about how to edit them. What a blessing to have friendships like that. Can’t wait to read the latest Martha story.


  15. Fun o fun, BooMama! Makes me want to get in my car, drive to Memphis and head down to my HS BF Ken’s house for a sleepover… but that would just be awkward… not to mention his wife wondering why I came all that way to stay up all night laughing with her husband.

    Yeah, maybe I’ll just give him a call…

    What a blessing to rekindle and reconnect with those who love you still, even though they knew you when.

  16. I loved your post because I have the same type of close friends that I’ve known forever. And every time we get together I laugh uncontrollably until my stomach hurts. I think it’s time I called them all for a girls-only weekend!

  17. I know what you mean about your husband and child coming home. While a girl’s weekend is a great thing, there’s just something better about your family coming home. I was away from my husband and son this past weekend and just loved coming home last night to give them both a big kiss and hug! Here’s to friends and family…..

  18. I have three friends who I meet for dinner once a month and treasure those times so deeply. I’ve been friends with two of them since we were 11 and the other one, well we are all of 14 when we met her and the trio became a foursome. Unbelievable history and precious times. I’m so glad you had your weekend and now you’ve got your boys back.

  19. Don’t blame you one bit for holding this weekend close to your heart. Friends like that are a blessing.

    But don’t start thinking you can hold any Martha stories that close. No ma’am. Those you have to share! :-)

  20. Look forward to the trickling down of whatever becomes blogworthy from the memories of your weekend. It sounds truly terrific and extra special, and wonderful that it was good to see the men again! I look forward to the newest Martha tales, too!!! Take care and treasure the memories!

  21. Phyllis R. says:

    What a sweet post honoring friendship. It’s been so neat to read the comments from these last few posts of yours. It seems as if YOUR connecting with your best friends from back in the day has encouraged many of us (me included) to think (and call!) our best pals! Thanks!

  22. little liz says:

    How sweet, S. I feel the same way. It was really one of the best weekends I can remember. I even fell asleep last night thinking of the pretty view from your backyard. Thanks for a fun, relaxing weekend. (and I hope you enjoy your very thoughtful hostess gift from me – sadly enough, you will probably have that Tupperware container until you have grandchildren if you’re like me!). I love you, S.

  23. little liz says:

    And, Melissa, Merritt, and Daph, it would not have been the same without you. I love you all, too!

  24. And Boomama pondered these things in her heart…
    You go, Boomama…

  25. Wow. What a beautiful visual I have of your gals’ weekend. I’m not PMSin’ (like poor Big Mama!) so instead of cryin’, I found myself grinnin’ from ear to ear.

    And ya know…I think it’s wise to keep some of your dearest experiences to yourself. You don’t owe all of us “nosies” the sordid details. ;-)

    Glad you guys had fun!

  26. Memories…..had a great time making them this past weekend with Boomama, Merritt, Little Liz, and Daph!! The laughing, shopping, eating, talking, and vegging were just what I needed before heading back to work. I am truly thankful for friendships like these!! :)

  27. I first read that as “…with a humidifier of a Martha story.” After laughing too hard at my own poor eyesight, I read on. This is a great blog, I’ll be back!

  28. Your post on friends really made me reflect on the bothersome fact that I moved so much in school and never established those life-long, childhood friends. I decided and composed a post stating there should be an to match up friends….move to a new city? no problem….fill out a profile and we’ll match you up!