First and foremost is a heartfelt big thank you to our wonderful host, the beautiful and gracious Laurie Zieber.
We (my Auntie (newest Magnolia) and I) left last Thursday to the little city of Grand Saline the name is taken from a large salt deposit in the area, currently mined by Morton Salt. I like my salt so knowing there is plenty of salt if I needed my fix was comforting.
There were to be 8 Magnolia’s to be meeting up for a 4 day weekend, no men, no children, no worries and no drama. Many of us were meeting face to face for the very first time, but the connections had been fostered prior to our actual face to face encounters. My big moment of sadness was our missing Magnolia, the beautiful, funny and very much loved MzTracy, and my BFF. She was with us in spirit but having her there would have been the icing on the cake. Life and its effed up circumstances prevented her from joining us, so we have to find a way and a date to get to her…and we will!
Thursday afternoon we trickled in, we arrived first and began unloading our ridiculously large amount of shtuff, gifts for our hostess and friends, a bazillion dresses, shoes and accessories for playing dress up.
The Magnolia Closet~
Our time together was a whirlwind; we stayed up late getting to know each other on deeper and more personal levels, sharing of ourselves in 2’s & 3’s over coffee in the morning and wine in the evening.
Missing two Magnolias♥
We trekked to Dallas and had fun at a thrift store looking the racks over for cool retro vintage clothes, trying on hats, oversized glasses and just clowning around. We made it to a neat little Tex-Mex restaurant and had some delicious food then next door for some amazing treats. And we fought the traffic at rush hour to get back home.
Darrell & Willie☻
We played a couple of fun games, one was “The Storymatic” and the other one I can’t remember the name of, but it was designed to prompt responses that would reveal tidbits of who we are and how we think and feel about certain things. I would have loved staying up later and playing either one but we were all tired and fighting sleep.
Saturday was our big day, an elegant dinner, a session with a photographer and lots of wardrobe changes.
Missing one Magnolia~
The big (but not the biggest) take away are the little inside jokes, “Darrell and Willie,” “Jane you (ignorant) slut”, “I love it, I love, I love it”, “Did I ever tell you you are my hero” and a few others.
Saved the best for last, my BFF♥♥
The biggest take away from this weekend were the bonds we created and strengthened, we have built a connection that time and distance will not hinder. For me it was a refreshing reminder of what true friendships mean, my tolerance for superficial friends is low and I value my time with friends, I want to be present and I want my friends to be present and that we did.
For my she-roes…y’all are the wind beneath my wings (yes I have wings and when those don’t work my broom works just as well)
Did you ever know that you’re my hero,
and everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
for you are the wind beneath my wings.
It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
but I’ve got it all here in my heart.
I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it.
I would be nothing without you.
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