In the friendship department, I have been extremely blessed.
In August ’92, in a dorm called “Nevils” at the University of Scranton, amazing friendships were formed. The best of friendships. Friendships that – 20 years later – are still crazy, fun, sincere, unconditional and cherished. Friendships that define friendship.
We have been through it all together: bridal showers, wedding parties, vacations (Europe has never been the same since we backpacked through it), baby showers, the births of our children, christenings, communions, divorces, re-marriages, illness, death – and everything else that life has thrown our way. We may not talk on the phone all the time – and see each other even less – but when we do, it as though time has stood still and we pick up exactly where we left off. *Usually, with wine in hand.*
I can honestly say that the five of us would do anything for any one of the others – and probably have. The selfless acts of kindness these women have shown me over the years are Hallmark card-worthy.
This weekend, these ladies reached a whole ‘notha level of supporting a friend. We played in the mud as the “Super Mother Muckers” for the MuckFest® MS New Jersey 5K Mud and Fun Run. IT. WAS. FUN. And gross. *Oh and if one of us (guess who?!) walks during the “run,” we all walk during the run…“Donna Martin graduates or nobody graduates!”*
Granted, we’ve played in the mud together before. We are all former (*not-such-a-bright-idea*) women’s college rugby athletes (I think my back still hurts and “athletes” might be a stretch!). But we were 19 years old and we were [self-proclaimed] cool. Fast forward 20 years and we are now middle-aged and not as cool (well, maybe!). One of us has MS (yours truly!), one is a cancer survivor (yeah, girl – you kicked the crap out of cancer!), and one is currently under the care of a physical therapist because she hurt her leg.
This is how MuckFest went:
IN MUD…AND IN LIFE
- If you fall, your friends will help you up. In mud…and in life.
- While you are struggling, your friends will stay with you and help you through obstacles. In mud…and in life.
- When you get messy, your friends will be there to help clean you up. In mud..and in life.
And this weekend, they did. Actually, they always do.
Thank you, girls. I love you. xoxo