The tie that binds communities together is an enduring faithfulness among friends that springs from devotion and is founded in a deep love of place and shared experience.
For 25 years this month, a group of women in Surface Creek Valley have been meeting together regularly on birthdays and other occasions.
They have kept their school-day friendships vital and the bonds they have formed among themselves are as strong today as ever.
And they have a great time enjoying each others' company and providing support when one of them needs it.
The six are Lois (Talbot) Helgeland, Reneé (Luna) Eaton, LeeAnn (Paison) Brewer, Sharon (Benson) Petranovich, Betty (DeBusk) Davis, and Roxie (Hendrickson) Morris.
Their March 3 meeting at CB's in Delta for the occasion of Davis' birthday on March 3 marked the 25th year to the month that the group has been enjoying their get-togethers, Davis explained.
They first became friends attending Eckert Elementary School, Hunsicker Elementary, and Cedaredge Junior and Senior High.
The power of loyalty to place is strong, and through the years of life experience and changes they have found a way to stay in touch and stay together on a regular basis in the area where they first became friends.
Their regular gatherings include birthdays and a special get-together to observe the biggest birthday of all – Christmas.
The key to such lasting friendship, Davis explained, is genuinely liking one another's company and finding the balance of being there to help if needed while not otherwise getting too involved with each others' own personal lives.blog comments powered by Disqus