Let’s face it, we no longer spend as much time as we would like with our friends, and the party is not as adventurous as it used to be. Life gets complicated in the middle of lives. The days of decadent road trips and rowdy slumber parties are now few.
So I was very excited when three of my girlfriends and I decided to drive to Vegas to visit our fifth partner in crime to celebrate the birth of her child. It had been two years since the five of us had been together. In the old days, road trips and slumber parties were frequent. The five of us would jump into a car, drive to Palm Springs or fly to Miami, eat at swanky restaurants and close down the bars, then continue the party at our hotel room. We’d laugh nonstop until the wee morning hours, sneaking into the pool area with expensive bottles of champagne in hand. We were single, carefree, with disposable incomes and fabulous wardrobes!
This trip? Let’s just say, a bit more subdued. We have officially graduated to the modern-day Forties Club: the Newly Pregnant, the Workaholic, the Unemployed Artist, the Free Spirit, the Working Mother. As we sat calmly in the hotel room after an early dinner, sans champagne bottles, talking about our rapidly changing lives, but giggling as we always do, I realized how much I cherish my friends. Because, even though the party now ends at midnight, the talk is more serious, and we no longer jump into pools in our cocktail dresses, we are still the same girls who met years ago in LA: Still talking about our dreams… still trading clothes… still venturing into uncharted territory together.
I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Road Trip ladies! Go out on short road trips with your girlfriends for one night to get back in touch with the “girl” in all of you.
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