Today! Julie C. Gardner is my guest blogger. Today! Julie C. Gardner’s new book, “Lily by Any Other Name” debuts. Today! Is a good day indeed.
Up first, a taste of Julie’s wit and wisdom in her post below, “What Happens in Clovis Stays in Clovis.” After the post, I’ve included all the links and info you will need to get your (vitual) hands on Julie’s brand new book! Let’s do this…
What Happens in Clovis Stays in Clovis
So I have these friends who shall remain nameless because they aren’t bloggers, writers, or seekers of Internet fame and I want them to still love me tomorrow.
I met this group years ago at a karate studio where our kids were training to be black belts. The six of us moms just clicked. In fact, we clicked so loudly, everyone must’ve been relieved when we began gathering off-site for happy hours. For family barbeques. Road trips to Vegas.
As the group grew closer, our kids grew up. Our friendships had to evolve to survive. But I’m happy to report, after all these years, we’re as tight as ever. Maybe we don’t see each other as often, but we make the effort.
We make it work.
Since I promised not to name names, I’ll describe us by the roles we play:
THE ORGANIZER: The one whose ideas brought you together in the first place. She starts the ball rolling, then she keeps lists for you in the notes on her phone. You’ll find her researching Groupon get-togethers on lunch breaks, emailing options, texting details. Her enthusiasm is infectious. She’ll create a kick-ass slideshow of the fun within 24 hours.
THE LIFE OF THE PARTY: The one with the loudest laugh, the raunchiest mouth, the biggest smile. She’s up for anything and up the longest. When the rest of you start eyeing your beds, she’s ready to start Round Two. She embraces a life is short motto. If you need a partner in crime, she’s your girl. And she’ll post bail.
THE MOM: The one who brings the stocked first-aid kit, the antibacterial wipes, and the Tupperware to store any leftovers. She is the first at your doorstep with flowers, the last to leave if your dishes aren’t done. Her heart is enormous, but then she drops a line to remind you moms aren’t just lovable. They are hilarious.
THE QUEEN OF BLUNT: The one who tells it like it is, who fearlessly says what others are thinking (good, bad, or ugly). If you’re making a mistake, she’ll let you know. When you’re getting ready to go out at night, she blurts, “LOOK HOW AWESOME WE ARE!” She’s so confident, you believe her. With her, you do feel awesome.
THE MESS: The one who plays the fool to entertain you (or maybe she’s just a fool). She’ll buy leggings from the clearance rack at Target and wear them in Vegas for days, only to realize afterward they are xhilaration pajama bottoms. Sometimes she worries she doesn’t deserve such loyal friends. Sometimes she laughs so much, she pees.
THE ANGEL: The one who fought cancer so damn hard, you still can’t believe she’s gone. Whenever you take pictures of the five of you now—this group that should be six—there’s a gap you see later. A glow between you. That streak of light above your heads. “Look!” you say. “There’s her space. There she is!”
Always and always.
I’m so lucky these are my people. Thanks to them my world is brighter, tough times are easier, and joys are more…ummm….
Maybe we just got back from a road trip and I’m too happy to care about adjectives.
Maybe we went to Clovis instead of Vegas because The Organizer moved there and we wanted to celebrate. Maybe we talked too much and ate too much and drank the right amount of wine. Maybe we pledged again not to take these lives for granted. Maybe we cried a little when we said how much we love each other.
Maybe you have friends like this, too.
Maybe you know which one I am.
Maybe when you’re shopping the clearance racks at Target, you should double-check that someone didn’t accidentally slip a pair of xhilaration pajama bottoms in with the leggings.
Anyway, that’s what my friend says.
Want more of Julie? You should visit her blog at juliecgardner.com. You should read her books! Her talents extend to her books, blog and so much more, but everything she does includes heart. She is a published author and her newest novel is out today!
Just click on the book image above to be magically transported to Julie’s new book on Amazon. “Lily by Any Other Name” can be found at any one of the following links, as well:
“Yes, my Young Adult book baby (that older-ish adults can read, too) officially releases today. And I might be thrilled to share the news!
LILY BY ANY OTHER NAME is a story of love and friendship, of heartbreak and hope.
It’s about making wishes that come true in ways nobody sees coming.
And it’s available NOW for just $3.99 (LESSTHANFOURDOLLARS) at all the above sites.” ~ Julie C. Gardner
Julie C. Gardner
Thank you, Julie, for taking the time out of your busy writing day to visit my humble blog and brighten my day, as well as delighting all my readers. Godspeed on your writing endeavors. I have my Kindle copy of “Lily by Any Other Name” and cannot wait to read it!