In June Every Year (For The Past 8 Years) I Join 3 Babe Girlfriends For The Annual Seafood Festival Weekend In Belmar, N.J. I love the tradition. It's Too Much Fun. We can't see where we're going any more but who cares. Thankfully the seafood menus are in BIG letters.
Vi and Jo-Ann, my babe pals, pick me up in a Jeep and we drive from suburban N.Y to babe Edie's one bedroom apartment by the sea where two of us sleep on a blow up mattress that usually deflates for some reason in the middle of the night. Seriously.
We over -pack, over-exercise, over-eat, over-drink, over-dance, over-talk each other and basically over-do whatever we can in less than 48 hours.
Every year it gets harder to stay awake long enough to go out at night. We chug just enough coffee to be able to get out and find some good commotion and then laugh as much as possible while trying to ignore the fact our grown children are not answering our text messages.
Every year is filled with things that either almost interfere or completely interfere with our planned weekend festivities.
Last year I did not go at all as I was by my Mom's side while she battled and sadly succumbed to a horrible cancer. I have not had much fun since losing her, but I went again this year and it was therapeutic and yes - fun.
Each of us has had to miss a year for various reasons- but the tradition has held.
'Girlfriend Traditions' make you feel ageless. Though this year was the first year we noticed walking 2000 miles and doing wild inappropriate dance floor moves - makes your joints hurt.
To re-create a fun experience year after year with girlfriends you love is priceless (as are the annual outfits which require more lycra every year Ha!)
If YOU have an annual babe girlfriend tradition I know you know how wonderful it is.
If you do not have a tradition I suggest you create one asap. Really.
Look up 'Festivals' and find one that happens annually in some city that you would enjoy visiting and build a weekend plan around it with a few babes you love.
Be a leader and start up an annual babe tradition ! Hurry while you're still flexible!