You know all those e-mail chain letters that talk about how important it is to have girlfriends in your life? "The power of girlfriends," those females in your life who always have your back.
They say things like, "Research shows that having girlfriends will help you live longer and reduce your chances of catching a cold." They claim that women who have lots of girlfriends have fewer chances of contracting chronic diseases or psychological impairments. Or if by chance you do have these things, having girlfriends will give you a better chance of healing.
Well, all these things are true. Especially that last one.
If it wasn't for my girlfriends, my psychological impairments would have done me in by now. My girlfriends know how to talk to me, soothe me with Godiva bars and insist I go get a massage by giving me a gift card so that I have no excuses.
Now, this isn't to dismiss the fact that I have a gem of a husband. For 28 years, he has been by my side and he's my rock. But, there's still room in my life for my girlfriends, especially since my husband is 1) a male and 2) an engineer.
We all know that guys just don't communicate the way girls do. Girls like to talk a subject to death. We like to sweep out the dirt from the corners, shake out the rugs, open the windows and let the air in. Then empty the dustpan in the middle of the room, and start all over again.
My husband doesn't see the point in all that. Most men don't.
So, if you haven't done so lately, reach out to eight of your girlfriends and tell them you love 'em. And then tell them to reach out to eight of their girlfriends. And then, those girls can tell eight of their girlfriends how very special they are. And soon, we'll all be feeling the love, which is the way it should be.
Because, really. Where would we be without our girlfriends?