I LOVE MY TRIBE

I mentally drift from the lively conversation echoing through this easy gathering, and get lost in my thoughts, allowing my gaze to deliberately run over this seemingly ordinary group of woman. An incredible collaboration of souls circle this table, with all of life’s experiences etched within their physical attributes, filing each woman into the category of “middle aged”. It’s hard to fathom that 35 years have somehow evaporated since our paths first crossed. The gratitude of being part of this group is overwhelming.

Glazing into this scene, would a bystander know that the “double nickles” is right around the corner for these warriors? If we didn’t exhibit the usual telltales signs of aging, would anyone know our age? What if the starting to sag, topographical surface of our faces were as flawless and innocent as a timid 18 year old girl? What if the only “muffin top” we ever encountered was the one on our breakfast plate? What if our out of control grey hair, which is disguised in various shades relevant to our mood, was extraordinarily thick, bouncy and shinny? What If we were given a chance to make all these cognitive physical simulations actually come true? A chance to undo the repercussions of time that were starting to set up camp on our bodies. Would we take hold of the once on a lifetime offer and run with it? Would we climb aboard the “I don’t want to get old” train and ride it all the way back to our youth?  Not a chance. Not even remotely close to a chance. Is this denial disguised as rebellion, or possibly just an aspect of deteriorating vision? Neither, it’s wisdom. Wisdom to know that our exteriors are saturated with all we have endured, experienced, and cultivated over the last thirty five years. Those life adventures that have contained tears and laughter, love and heartache, birth and death, illness and vitality, marriage and divorce, hope and disparity. We now have the wisdom to know that our worth and who we are is not determined by our physical attributes, but rather by what we carry within our heart. A wisdom that allows us to take ownership of every winkle and extra pound, and sit in gratitude of it all. Gratitude for all we have trekked through over the years, and the growth that has germinated along the way. Gratitude for what is called life.

Those life lessons have uniquely formed each of these extraordinary women into who she is today....

Kitty is a worker – she works and works and works, all while emitting an unassuming gratitude for all that she has. She's a quiet giggler who carries with her an attitude that is impartial, honorable and unselfish. She's deeply grounded in her faith, its part of who she is. She is a friend to all...

Kelly is a strong, confident woman, who's both deliberate and driven with a twist of maternal helper seeping from her entire soul. Her attributes of being kind and concerned, are equally as evident as her virtuous ways. When she spins a tale, she has everyone's attention. There is no doubt she will always have our backs......

Margaret is connected to both the earth and animals, and carries her faith in her pocket. Over the years she has slowly started to replaced her anxiety with the humble ability to be present, and is a confidant to many, as she chats away on her phone. Her life is drenched with both open mindedness and lightheartedness as she wonders through day after day. She has an easy way about her that draws you in....

Holly is a stylish, assured leader who may very well grace you with her brutally honest, unsolicited opinion...something we have all grown to love about her. On the flip side, you'll find the fiercely loyal, extremely accepting, eternal peace keeper among us. She's a continually changing creature who finds her balance from time spent working, soaking in the tub, coffeehouse gazing and wrapping her body around a pole. To know her is to love her....

Along with a bit of aging, time has brought to these four women the grace filled understanding of unconditional love, something that is not easily found. I'm privy to this because I've been on the receiving end of their love. I adore each woman for who she has become, and am so grateful to be part of this group, part of this tribe.

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