EDP Norfolk - - SUSIE FOWLER-WATT - [email protected]

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!

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