Friday, September 03, 2010

Turning the corner

Lucy, Colleen and I have had a rough time of it lately.

Lucy was upset about Colleen’s (heavy) drinking. Colleen was fairly depressed and couldn’t get her medications straightened out. I was perfect (as usual) (just kidding) and felt like I was in the middle of it.

This has been going on for nearly a year now, since Colleen got plastered at my birthday and barfed in the middle of Lucy’s living room, mere weeks from the Saturday night where she was hammered and puking at the bar at 9:00 pm. We’ve maybe hung out – the three of us – a dozen times in the last 11 months. And it is a shame, because we’re a pretty kick-ass team, but I understood the circumstances.

For the longest time, I felt like I was in an unexplainable funk. I felt off and I didn’t have a reason for it. What I was missing, I think, was our group. While both girls were still in my life (Lucy undoubtedly more than Colleen), I missed the dynamic of our silly little threesome of loud voices and signature dance moves and brutal honesty.

Recently, though, we’ve seemed to turn the corner. Colleen is acting like Colleen again. We had a few strictly non-alcohol events, followed by a few we’ll-have-one-drink-in-the-backyard-events and progressing to the we’re-going-to-the-bar-and-trusting-that-this-will-be-fine nights that we’ve had recently.

It couldn’t have happened at a better time.

On Wednesday, I spilled (separately) to both of the girls about the mess that is going on with my family. Between those lengthy conversations, blogging and the very kind and very supportive emails and comments I’ve received, I feel like I can breathe again.

Hurray for great timing. Hurray for open ears.

Hurray for best friends!


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