Last weekend, three friends– Maria Gilligan, Laurie Glazer, Chris Baumann– and I went on a little road trip together to celebrate our 60th birthdays in Augusta, MO, just 45 minutes from St. Louis. We’ve been friends since we were children. Actually Maria and I have been friends since babyhood because our mothers were friends in college!
We stayed at our friend Ruth Touhill’s fabulous bed and breakfast. Some of you may remember Ruth from the Home Companion magazine. We featured her home/farm on numerous occasions because of course it was beyond cute, so you KNOW both of her B&Bs where we stayed were just amazing!
Maria and I stayed at The Jefferson and Chris and Laurie stayed at the Stoneledge Inn. Ours was a little bigger so Maria and I hosted breakfast. Our days were spent antiquing, sight-seeing and enjoying the turning colors of the leaves. Chris even found a house she might want to buy, so of course we had to look at that and all pick out the rooms we wanted to stay in when we come to visit!
But the main thing we did, as all you ladies will understand, is talk. And talk and talk and talk! When you’ve known each other as long as we have, nothing is off limits and everything matters. It’s a wonderful gift to have lifelong friends who know all there is to know about you and love you anyway! Not only love you, but understand you and want nothing but the best for you.
It was such a wonderful trip. We weren’t far from home, but we never are when we’re together!