We walked and walked and walked (and talked and talked and talked!!) popping into the various venues as we pushed along with the crowds until I just needed to sit down for awhile!
Jen's other guests were her high school and even earlier best friends. Some of them were in the college dorm with me; they had a year or less of relationship with me while they have shared at least forty years together in friendship. I admit I am envious of such long lived friendships that are lived out in real life; they all live within a short drive of each other in the Portland area. They never left their home town or at least stayed nearby. While moving around the country enriches one's life in one way, the short circuiting of relationship that grows best close at hand is difficult to fix. The good news is that even after not spending time together for years, we all seemed to fall right back into the friendship that began with us (with me) forty years ago as though we had seen each other all along.
Most of the girls still work a bit or a lot; we sketched plans for more girl getaways in the coming years. Sixty may only be the beginning of a whole new season of life!