No… I am not doing an advertisement for Chicken Salad Chick. As I was running errands yesterday… I just happened to be in the vicinity when my stomach started growling and I pulled in to pick up a sandwich and some ice tea to bring home.
Later… sitting in my recliner… munching happily away… while watching television..I idly starting reading the writing on the cup… an endorsement by a satisfied customer who wrote” Have you ever wanted to hug a place?” ( And then goes on to mention the eating establishment)
But it was the question that caught my attention… I began to wonder… ” Is there a place in my life that I would want to hug?” Immediately Erskine College came to mind!
My beloved Grandmother Wilson was born and raised in Due West, SC -where she attended the Erskine Women’s College /graduated in 1903 and taught school there until she married Granddaddy and moved to Laurens.
So when I attended Erskine I was following in my grandmother’s footsteps. But that is not why this is the place I most want to hug and say thank you too… it is because it was the place where I finally began to find me… the real me.
…And that was due to the close friendships forged there… I found a sister… Brooke and two closest friends, Libby and Jackson who gave me the confidence to peel off the layers of indecision and insecurity that had shadowed me for too long. I was truly happy for the first time in my life… blissfully so!!!
We were in each others’ weddings and gathered for long weekends until the children started and then we talked and called… but it wasn’t until we all came up for air… with the children in college or working that we reunited again… this time as the Ya Ya’s!
I can not imagine my life without these three ” girls” in it… as we all grow older ( thankfully) the number of people in our lives who knew us when… begins to dwindle leaving us with precious few who knew the young girl in each of us on the brink of life itself. All of our dreams were still in front of us. It was a pivotal period of life and we were fortunate enough to share it together!!!
So until tomorrow… I know it is cliche ( especially with Betty White-the last of the Golden Girls gone now) but from the bottom of my heart… Brookie, Libby, and Jackson… ” Thank you for being a friend.”
We might be ” shadows” of our former selves but we know our shadows well now and are at peace with them. Accepting shadows takes a lifetime.
Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh