GOOD FRIENDS AND THE ‘NORFOLK HOTTIES’
One of the things I have been so touched by since my mother’s relocation is how many of her (also elderly) ‘girl’ friends have moved heaven and earth to visit her. Quite a few of them will drive hours across country to spend the afternoon with her. They sit and reminisce over a cup of tea, re-telling old jokes and giving updates on their children and grandchildren.
It has made me even more aware of the importance of having a close support network. Both at work and in my personal life, I see what a difference it can make. Like my mother, I find time spent chatting with my female friends especially cathartic.
My husband often asks what we talk about. What don’t we talk about would be the better question! Anything from the pros and cons of eyelash perming to the pain of a bereavement and everything in between. One of my friends has even set up a group called ‘Norfolk Hotties’ for those of us dealing with the peri/menopause to swap thoughts and ideas.
While my husband might not discuss the same subject matter, what he and my friends have in common is the ability to make me laugh. When those googlies come at you, surely the best armour is a good sense of humour!