#atozchallenge, G is for Girlfriends…

 

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According to Wikipedia, Ladies who lunch is a phrase introduced by New York magazine in their January 1970 edition, often used to describe well-off, well-dressed women who meet for social luncheons.  Typically, the women are married, supported by their spouses and shop and lunch in upscale establishments.   I named my blog Ladies Who Lunch Reviews etc. with tongue firmly planted in my cheek 😀

My girlfriends — my ladies who lunch — are some of my best friends.   I’ve known many of them more than 20 years, some are newer friends, but they are all dear to me.  We do shop together, eat out together, take trips, go to the movies, parties, showers and weddings and celebrate holidays together.  We’ve also cooked for each other when someone’s been ill or in the hospital and supported each other through the deaths of many of our parents.

One of our special traditions is a girls-only birthday dinner where eight or nine of us treat the birthday girl to dinner at her favorite restaurant.

We spend hours talking and eating and sharing one or two fabulous desserts.  We take forever to figure out the check, usually involving someone’s phone calculator.  Yes, we do go to the restroom in pairs.  No, I don’t really know why.  We always have candles for the dessert and serenade the birthday girl, sometimes to the consternation of other diners around us.  And sometimes the other diners join in.  But thank goodness we’re old enough that we don’t care… 😉

~Diane D.                                          Cartoon found on Pinterest

(My A to Z Challenge theme is birthdays)

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  1. Great tribute to your friends….the ‘ladies’….Diane! Hugs! ❤

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    1. Thank you, my friend. I’m lucky to have them!

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  2. Sounds like a great bunch of friends. You lucky ladies! 🙂

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  3. What an amazing group of friends… And a wonderful birthday tradition! 🙂

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    1. It really is fun and I’m lucky to have them!

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  4. Fantastic! Lucky ladies indeed! ❤

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  5. That’s a beautiful tradition to be cherished!

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    1. Aww, thanks, Rob, I’m lucky to have them!

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  6. Brilliant, as girlfriends should be!

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    1. Yes, it’s wonderful to have that support system!

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  7. Knowing each other for 20 years through the ups and downs and still there for you. That’s what friends are for. 🙂

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    1. Yes, it’s wonderful when you have that

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  8. and these are the girls who’ll be with you forever…

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    1. We already talk about being the Golden Girls and sharing a house after our hubbies are gone, lol. Gotta have a plan, right?

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  9. I have always disliked that phrase because it seemed to denote such a sense of entitlement but I, too, have a group of woman friends who lunch. And I don’t care what anyone calls us because their friendship has enriched my life more than I can every describe.

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    1. Yes, I agree, we are lucky in that we don’t have to work. But we contribute a lot to our families and friendships in other ways!

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  10. This is awesome. I’m so happy for you to have such a group!
    Might I add, that I love how you are approaching this A-Z challenge! It’s awesome. The three folks I follow who are doing it, ya’ll all have a different approach, and it’s just wonderful!

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    1. Well, thank you, ma’am! I’m enjoying it but I might like to be a bit more prepared next year, lol. It is forcing me to write something everyday, which is good!

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  11. A lovely bunch to have and hold. Friends for a lifetime. Lovely tribute 😊

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    1. They are and we add to the group as things change, which is really nice!

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  12. That’s terrific! Good, close friends are one of life’s gifts. 😃

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    1. They are lifesavers sometimes!

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  13. That sounds lovely!!!! Good friends are so important, aren’t they! 🙂

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    1. They truly are my lifeline, especially when hubby is tired of listening 🙂

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  14. Ladies only outings are always fun. We have so many things to discuss…hehe…
    And, nothing is more enjoyable than a long-lasting friendship. Good to know you have friends you know for 20 long years… 🙂

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    1. So true, we could talk for hours! I’m so lucky to have my friends!

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  15. Smiling at this Diane! You are absolutely right!!! 😀

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      1. Welcome my friend! 🙂

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  16. Great choice D, G I R L F R I E N D S ❤ It's like your garden…

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    1. Thanks, I do love them <3. And our group grows and changes, yes

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      1. I need to get a group of friends, I’m just in a really strange place in my life right now. My father is dying, all my kids are grown and living their life and it’s just me and the husband. Oh and Miss Elsa, Bella and Mr.Louie (our new kitty) ❤ Hope I figure it out soon !!!!

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      2. I’m so sorry to hear that, especially about your dad. Sending big hugs ❤

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  17. LOVED your post ❤ and yes like many are echoing you are absolutely lucky to have this set of girlfriends and vice-versa for them to have you in their gang 🙂 I absolutely adore your birthday tradition 🙂 Sounds so much funn. I would have gladly joined your serenade for the birthday girl and will be on the lookout surely from now on 😉

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    1. Thank you! We do have fun and you can join us any time!

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  18. Stopping by on the A-Z Challenge and so glad I did 🙂 I have recently been able to join in with many more social events and make friends outside of work and it is truly lovely and supportive as you rightly say!
    Pempi
    A Stormy’s Sidekick
    Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

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    1. I’m so glad. I will stop by your blog soon!

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  19. Very sweet! Girlfriends are so important.

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    1. Thank you, they are like a lifeline for me!

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  20. Hello hello! So happy to finally come around to your blog, and thank you for this tribute to Girlfriends! 😁
    Thank you also for visiting my blog, I look forward to sharing more between us! Happy alphabet blogging! 😁

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. My girlfriend group occasionally changes but they are a never ending support system!

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  21. I think it is wonderful that you have such a special group of women in your life. Good girlfriends are hard to find. My oldest friends and I get together for dinners or an occasional “girls” weekend. I always come home snickering and smiling. We are not upscale but we are fabulous!
    I am so glad we connected during this challenge. Keep it up!

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    1. Thanks, you, too. Girlfriends are the best!

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  22. Ha I have had plenty of them.

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    1. Not those kind, you big flirt!

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  23. Great tribute! My ladies who lunch crew have all moved away recently so skype is the closest we can get to this beauty!

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