FC: Celebrating 40+ Years of Friendship
1: Friendship When things are confused, I discuss them with you until they make sense When something good happens, I tell you so I can share my happiness When I am lonely, I call you because I never feel alone with you When I want to have fun, I want to be with you because we have a great time together When I want to talk to someone I always talk to you because you understand me When I count my blessings, I know I am privileged to have you in my life. Thank you for being my friend. Our special friendship began in the early 70’s, after all of us had moved to Portland. During that decade young families talked about IMB, “I’ve been moved.” We belonged to that group. We were all married with children. Fran moved from Connecticut, Karen from Pennsylvania, Myrel from Montana, Joan from Washington, Miki and Sherre from California. We came from a variety of backgrounds – our fathers were: a metallurgical engineer, a refrigeration engineer, a land developer, a gas station owner, a farmer, a career US Air Force officer. Our mothers were primarily homemakers. We all went to college. And, in Portland we were all strangers until we met up in Welcome Wagon. Welcome Wagon luncheons, bridge, antique shopping, Bunko, bowling, gourmet dinners, and couples parties. Our friendship grew, long after Welcome Wagon. Long weekends at the beach became a treasured tradition. A place to be together to share sunshine, laughter, tears, walks on the beach, shopping, bridge, wine, Fran’s brownies, Myrel’s Crown Royal, Sherre’s Kale salad. And so it began...
2: Our favorite view
3: Where' s Karen?
4: We solved a lot of problems playing bridge. | "When you have a problem, talk to a friend." | We always let Myrel win!!!
5: Someday we want to be perfect. Until then, we'll settle for being simply incredible.
6: I'd like to work some cardio into my daily routine but with eating and sleeping there just isn't much time....Maxine
7: I remember one week-end at the beach. It had been raining all day and we were getting cabin fever. The sun came out and we decided to play golf at Manzanita. Karen had never played so we set her up with with some clubs and teed off. Karen was a natural and out-drove all of us on most holes.
8: And the years keep rollin' by...
10: And then there were the two bottles of very expensive Bordeaux Myrel brought for the week-end. She claimed she could not drink it because it gave her a headache but she insisted we "taste" it. It was so good, we (including Myrel) drank both bottles. "I couldn't have shared it with better friends," she said after she sobered up.
11: It''s beach week-end wth the girls. I haven't been this excited since my pager got stuck on vibrate!
12: Let's tale a hike a hike to Cape Falcon! | Karen lost her toenails on that outing and didn't speak to Sherre until they grew back!
13: Ecole State Park
14: A Walk
15: on the Beach is the Best! | Karen on the famous digital diet! I love PhotoShop!!!
16: And the years keep rollin' by...
17: The 60th birthday celebration at Sunriver. Some were celebrating for a second time!
18: Living our dreams
19: Don't bother me until I have had my first 12 cups of coffee!
21: What did she say.....? | I' 'm not done talking. | My house, my rules. | I think a lot of people don't get to experience friendships as meaningful as ours. | At the beach Joan and I would take turns being the odd man out because Myrel and the rest of you were so good and competitive. | Can we just get out of here and do something??? | When are are going to the beach again? | Can we stop for coffee? | We laugh so much we have to fight to get to the john first. | We did npt exchange keys at that party. | Why didn't you bring the napkins? | I don't cook. | Perhaps one of the reasons we grew so close was because we all had holes in our spouse relationships and within our circle we found love, acceptance, comfort, joy, security, or whatever we needed. | One day we will be just like them (the Golden Girls). | We've been through bad times, and so many good ones. | What do you mean you don't like brussel sprouts. They are so good for you. | She is my rock. | I never wear my hearing aid because people will expect me to listen to them | Forgive me if I snap at you. I am just being myself today. | Don't let aging get you down, it's too hard to get up. | Home computers are great if you don't think men provide you with enough frustration. | Coffee is perfect for people who don't feel they are irritating enough by themselves. | My friends are the ones who walk in when the rest of the world walks out. | My friends know a lot about me and like me anyway. | My friends are like stars...I don't always see them but I know they are there. | I'm knot a blonde. | "I think our friendship has lasted because I like bossy women like Myrel and Sherre." | Myrel needs to make her chicken enchiladas.
22: Fran says, "On my first trip with Myrel in my RV we headed for Boise to see Karen. Myrel insisted that we make it in one day which meant she had to share the driving. Myrel had never driven a "rig" but she decided since she had driven her Dad''''' 's farm trucks she would have no problem. Right -- a truck loaded with corn isn't much different! I was dozing off when I heard her say, "This rig drives much better at higher speeds." When I looked at the speedometer she was going 80 mph!!! Yep we made it in one day and that was also the day I started turning gray!" | Nothing stopped us from our girlfriend getaways! | Karen says, "Driving with Fran in her rig also turned my hair gray. The RV would'n't start if we shut it off. We took a wrong turn off Highway 101 trying to get to I-5 heading south to see Sherre in Palm Springs. We lost several hours of driving time so it was dark when we started driving into the desert, so dark that Fran couldn't see. I suggested she let me drive, but no. She said she'd be fine if I just told her where the road was, 'A little to the left ...NO, that's too much...go back right...RIGHT I said!!! | Calling AAA!
23: Nothing stopped us because... | Of all the laughter | We were always there for each other | Our families belonged to all of us. | We kept in touch
24: And the years keep rollin' by...
25: Here's lookin' at ya friend!