Happy Galentine's Day to you!
|Last year's Galentine's Day swag bags |
contained Recycled Romances (copies of
old romance novels I'd enjoyed in the past,
linked together by common themes),
beauty products, candies and a lot of
decorating. This year's bags are a little
different, but I'll share those
Today, I will be meeting some of my favorite local ladies for lunch at a Mexican restaurant to celebrate the bonds of sisterhood. After work, some of my co-workers and I are grabbing sushi.
I know it's not the brunch arrangement Parks and Rec's Leslie Knope had in mind when she founded the day, but we don't have a JJ's Diner in town to make us some fabulous waffles.
This is my second consecutive year celebrating my friendships, and I am excited. Why do it? Galentine's Founder Leslie Knope says it best:
"Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair minus the angst. Plus frittatas."
As my good friend and fellow Galentine's Day party planner and I discussed, this holiday has quickly become one of our favorites. In true Leslie Knope fashion, we began discussing this year's festivities soon after last year's were done. You'll be able to read all about the swag bags I lovingly made for my Galentine's later. (I need to keep it a secret until after I give them away!)
In the interest of celebrating the love of friendship with you readers I thought we'd talk about best friends in books. Last year I ran a series on the blog counting down my top 10 favorite BFFs in literature. In the interest of time (and the fact that not all of my top BFFs were ladies), here's a look back at five women make the bonds of friendship and sisterhood look good.
|My No. 1 Galentine, Jane, and I wish you a marvelous|
Galentine's day filled with friends, laughter and food.
I'm blessed to call my own sister my best friend, and I can assure you it is a beautiful thing, which is why I love Lizzie's relationship with her sister, Jane. Both sisters are willing to go to extreme lengths to ensure the other's happiness. They enjoy each other's company. They swap secrets. They dish about men. Also, they take their friendship to the max when they marry BFFs, ensuring they'll spend their futures together. The Bennet girls have no choice but to be close, but in the case of Jane and Elizabeth, I'm sure they would have been besties whether or not blood connected them.
Diana of the L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series
Though Anne and Diana grow up and inevitably see less and less of each other, their friendship withstands the distance. What started as one of the sweetest childhood friendships ever depicted in a book, Anne and Diana together as grown-ups is a delight to follow, too. No matter where Anne goes on her adventures there is still a connection between the two women. Anne never forgets Diana, and you know they are important to each other. Their friendship shows that even though two people can be quite different they can still develop a close kinship.
Suze of Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series
Everyone needs a Suze in their life. Someone who will help you meet goals, pay off debts and tell you when you are in too deep or acting crazy. There are countless ways Suze offers assistance to Becky, whether it's a huge production or a brief phone call. She is the type of modern friend we all want. Someone who loves you, has your back and shares an honest relationship with you.
Charlotte of E.B. White's Charlotte's Web
I think the final lines of the book says it all where dear Charlotte is concerned:
Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever quite took her place in his heart. She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.I bawled when I read it in elementary school, and I tear up every time I have read it since. Charlotte devoted her life to Wilbur and left an impression on him for the rest of her life like a good friend does.
Hermione from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series
Talk about a HBIC. Though Hermione comes off as a know-it-all, I find her empowering. She isn't ashamed to be smart, and for the most part she makes a great role model for young girls. And even though Harry is the star, he would never have made it to the end without his friends -- a fact he seems to appreciate in the end.
Also, as an honorable mention, be sure to check out my thoughts on two groups of girlfriends who seem to treat every day like Galentine's Day: Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, Stacey, Dawn, Mallory and Jessi of Ann M. Martin's Baby-sitters Club series and Mac, Emma, Laurel and Parker of Nora Roberts' Bride Quartet.
The importance of solid friendships plays a big role in the novel I am working on now. I'm always intrigued by the dynamics of friends, but one factor always remains the same: a BFF supports his or her buddy through thick and thin and makes them better.
Now, as I prepare to eat way too many calories, today, it's your turn to weigh in: Who are your favorite BFFs in books?
|A preview of this year's Galentine's Day swag.|
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