Thursday, July 28, 2005

Warning: the following post contains lots of girliness

Brandi's butterfly!

When it comes down to it, I am really not the girliest of girls. I am the youngest of four -- two boys, two girls -- but being that my sister and I were the oldest and youngest, respectively, I spent more time with my brothers and thus was really a tomboy at heart. I remember talking with one of my best friends, Patty, about 'prissy' girls, and how we promised we would never be like that. I honestly can't say what I think a 'prissy' girl is, but I think back then it meant that you didn't ever get dirty, you didn't ride your bike down the street (no hands, of course!), you didn't play 'wallball', and you squealed at every slimy bug and creature.

Carla's butterfly!


These days, I don't get a lot of dirt on me, I don't own a bike to ride down the street (the 10-year-old me would be shocked), and I have definitely done my fair share of squealing and 'eek!'-ing at various rodents and whatchamacallits. Hey -- I think anyone would fly off the couch screaming if they felt a mouse RUNNING ACROSS THEIR BACK. I still shudder to think about that one. Okay, I still laugh about it too. As far as the wallball goes, I played a bit of that again in my college and soon-after college days. I would be willing to play a game pretty much any old time, I think.

Carrie's butterfly!


So as you can see, I have allowed more and more of my girliness to seep through, and frankly...I like it. I don't think I've ever been the 'let's-get-all-the-girls-together' kind of person, but I have had those few close friends with whom I've spent massive amounts of time on an individual basis. I think it is so important for married couples to acknowledge that there are some things they just can't replace for one another. I will never be able to replace Casey's close male friendships. I have seen him with his closest friends, and there is an amazing bond there that I know is incredibly important and encouraging to him -- not to mention how goofy they can get when they're together (in a very endearing way, no doubt)! Ever since Casey and I were married, I would occasionally lament the fact that he spent at least once a week with several close friends (this is when he was in grad school) and all I did was work and come home. But then, that was really my fault because no one was holding me back but me. I have discussed this before, by the way. Given the choice, I will always choose to spend time with Casey than anyone else. But I know that my heart needs that 'girl time' too. And really, if you want to spend more time with your girlfriends, you just have to do it.

Tracey's butterfly!


Last night, after Wednesday night Bible study, I was talking with Brandi, Carla and Carrie. I don't think I can say anything bad about these girls, and when I get to talking with any one of them, I find that I want to spend more and more time with them -- more time talking, laughing, or just being plain silly. I feel that little place in my heart that God has made for these kinds of relationships light up with a warmth and joy all its own. My need for 'girl time' finally reached its peak last night when I realized I did not want our talking to end. I asked if we could get together and visit some more, and all agreed. So, it's off to Nathan and Carla's place tonight (though I think Nathan will be finding somewhere else to be)...I look forward so much to an evening of hugs, sharing, and yes, LOTS of girly laughter.

Got to love that girl time!



9 comments:

Brandi said...

Tracey, I love the butterflies!!! They are great and very girly. I can't wait for tonight. I have been excited all day thinking about it and boy, do I have some things to share with you guys!

tracey said...

I knew you'd like the butterflies. I actually had one picked it to designate each of you, but it didn't work out the way I planned. (Yours is the sparkly one with all the different colors, by the way.) I am excited too...last night I kept saying to Case, "I get to have a girls' night!" =)

Sarah said...

I like the Green butterfly. :) its purty! And yeah, I'm with you on the girl-time thing. Next weekend (I hope), 2 girly friends and I are going to get our ears pierced (again---2nd holes) and Jolene over in Malaysia is going to do it with me on the same day! What would I do without my chickies...

tracey said...

By the way, I need to thank Sarah for her help on the Google image thing. I'm such a dork. The butterflies are clip-art images I found, but the friendship thing is just what I was looking for to complete the post. Thanks Sarah!

Also, FUN stuff with the ear-piercing! I did the second earring holes about eleven years ago (one's closed up), then did a third on one side(closed up)...then did the top-of-the-ear thing on that same side (ooh...bad news). Sigh...ah, to be young again. =)

Sarah said...

Did the top of the ear thing hurt like the dickens? I'm tempted, but I've heard it really hurts...

tracey said...

It wasn't that -- actually, I don't remember if it hurt much when I had it done -- but it got infected to the point that the top of my ear was so swollen I had no ear-wrinkles and couldn't even take the earring out! I had to get medicine for it, and then it was better and I kept a hoopy thing in there for a while that was super-cute...but then I stopped wearing it for whatever reasons. I still think it's a cute look though.

Shellie again said...

If my memory serves me correctly, we played wall ball at the TOL the night that you and Casey started dating. I also remember there was chocolate cake involved.

tracey said...

Seems like it was that night. And oh yes, there was definitely chocolate cake involved -- espresso mousse cake to be correct! Our wallball times were fun times, weren't they?

melo-jo said...

Oh sweeet sweet post, Tracey!! I totally agree. Don't know what I would do without the chickas in my life!

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