You can’t beat a top set of friends, and I’m blessed to have the best in my circle. They don’t all know each other, but I have the sort of friends that I can call at 3am if I needed to and they’d be there for me- no question. I love them- they are all special.

Yesterday I needed a friend when I managed to lock my keys in the boot of my car. I seem to get into these scrapes every once in a while – usually involving vehicles. I can’t tell you how many flat tyres I’ve changed or breakdowns I have the AA out to but this is the first ‘locked out’ scenario. Who came to my aid? None other than Karen – one of my besties. With a smile on her face and a joke to cheer me up, she dropped everything in the middle of the day to rescue me, and I was so grateful.

Just before Christmas I turned up at the door of another girlfriend in tears after I skidded my car into a tree on an extremely frosty day (I told you about me and vehicles!) Vicki gave me a big hug, a strong coffee and made my belly ache with laughter with all her tales. I went on my way again much happier having had the chance to gain some perspective on my situation. It was just a bumper, no-one was hurt and it can be fixed.

If I’m feeling down, a text to Anita does the trick. She will always know exactly where I’m coming from with no explanation required, and vice versa. We’ve been through so much, and have laughed through our pregnancies, horrible bosses and attempts at writing books together.

Lisa and Leanne are great on a girls night out. We’ve drooled over Channing Tatum in Magic Mike and Taylor Lautner in Twilight together and they are fun to spend time with. Carla knows just the right thing to say at the right time to build you up and Michelle and I met at playgroup a decade ago with our babies but the best conversations I have with her are nothing to do with babies. She is very funny and what is said is nothing a baby should hear!

Nina is my foodie friend who is patient, a great teacher and an all round top Essex bird. We have set the world to rights many times over a mug of Yorkshire Tea and enjoy the silliness that comes from trying to have a normal conversation whilst ‘doing an accent’!

Rebecca is the most hilarious Doctor I know! Not a medical doctor but an academic. She’s super smart and always has an intelligent opinion on most things but what I love most about her is that we met on a TV game show! She kicked my ass on Wheel of Fortune and we became firm friends ever since.

I have many other gorgeous friends in my life who I’ve shared laughs, tears, hopes and dramas with. People I’ve known for years and ones who I’m just getting to know, but the thing they all have in common is, they are bloody good girls. There is nothing like the support you get from a woman, in happy times and in sad. You don’t know strength until you’ve experienced a good woman, and the women I’m blessed to know are definitely that.

Women are supposed to be bitchy, according to the media. Apparently we all want to tear each other down and gossip and have catfights. Not my lot. We haven’t got time for such ridiculousness. There is always something better to do. I’m proud to say I’m a girl’s girl. I’m bringing up my daughter this way – to be supportive and strong, loving and kind, to know her own mind and not be afraid to ask for what she wants, and have the determination to get it.

My own mum came through for me yesterday too. After I collected the kids from school and we walked to her house, she found my spare house door keys, took me home to retrieve my spare car keys and then she drove me back to the city centre where my locked up car was parked so I could get into my vehicle. She had things to do herself but when I showed up with two hungry kids she whipped out the biscuit barrel and put the kettle on before driving me to my car in rush hour traffic.

For our kids, we’d do anything wouldn’t we? My own daughter won’t realise this truth until she’s a woman, but a girl’s best friend is her mother, whether she knows it or not.

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8 Responses to Female Friendship

  1. Helen (SaveEveryStep family stories) says:

    Lovely tribute. You’re a lucky gal to have so many fab women in your corner!!

  2. Nadine says:

    Thank you Helen. I am indeed a lucky girl. Thanks for your comment:-)

  3. Thank god for friends ,a great article !

  4. Nadine says:

    Thanks Katerina- Thank God indeed!!

  5. Peggy says:

    Fab post, nothing replaces a good laugh with a girlfriend :)

  6. Sarah says:

    What a lovely post and so true! You are lucky to have so many fabulous friends.
    I found you on Mummy’s Little Monkey Bloghorn BTW.

  7. Donna Farrer says:

    You are VERY lucky to have a great group of friends, I have been looking at so many great posts this morning on this very subject. I have been working through some trails with a few friends, and have been looking for inspiring stories to keep me going. Read Women I Want to Grow Old With, and that has done wonders for me! if you want to take a look! Looks to me like you have yours!

  8. Nadine says:

    Thanks Sarah!
    Thanks Donna! I will check out that website you mentioned- female friends are so important and to be cherished.


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