We ventured back to Tennessee a few weeks ago for spring break, and while we were there, we had the opportunity for a night out on the town to celebrate Andrea’s birthday. (She’s the cutie in the jean jacket behind me.)
Seven couples gathered downtown Nashville at Puckett’s for dinner, and then we began to brainstorm what after-dinner activity we should do to celebrate Andrea. She deferred to Jim and me, since we were now the “out of towners,” but yet…no one was on board when I said “let’s just go back to someone’s house to play cards or visit,” because all the girls thought they had too much laundry strewn about!
Instead, we opted for cosmic bowling….which wasn’t necessarily a BAD idea, other than there was a three hour wait for a lane at Dave and Buster’s, and because, at this point, the remaining 5 couples were in 3 separate cars, and didn’t do so great a job at communicating which alley to meet up at…..let’s just say by the time we all ended up in the same place at the same time, it was late, no one really wanted to bowl, and my suggestion of “let’s just go home” was sounding better and better. ;)
We gathered. We (minus pregnant me) bowled. We just hung out. And I loved every single minute of it.
I miss these girls so very much.
I don’t doubt that our friendships will survive the miles and months, but….to be able to see them every week, and have them love on my children, and to know that they’ll be the ones to welcome my new baby in May….most days, happy as I am to be back “home in Ohio,” I’d give anything to have that for a while longer.