When Art and I moved back to Hawaii, I worried about leaving all our friends in Illinois, not to mention our daughter and her family. There were 35 years of friendships we were leaving behind, not to mention neighbors and the life we made there.
However, we did have our childhood friends here in Hawaii (and the rest of our family) ... and that has made all the difference to our making a new life for ourselves here.
I've known Diane since kindergarten and Joanne since high school. We were all roommates in college at one time or another.
"Hey, guys," said Joanne one day. "How about going shopping to Price Busters and Ross?" Ross is a discount clothing store like TJ Maxx in Illinois. Since it's a break from Line Dancing right now, we decided to take that night to go out together.
Oh my gosh! What a time we had!
"Isn't this like high school?" Joanne asked at one point.
And indeed it was! What a feeling! We would all take some blouses into the dressing room, change and then jump out at the same time and ask, "What do you think? Can you see through this material? Does this color look all right? Is the neckline too low?"
We all encouraged each other to try something out of our comfort zone. I usually wear solid knit t-shirts or tank tops.
This was a departure from my usual style, but I'm glad Joanne and Diane convinced me to try it.
This one piece blouse was $9.99 and made in the U.S.A. Can you believe it? Wahoo!
This blouse was $7.49 and on the Clearance rack. With the Tuesday Senior Discount, my purchases totalled less than $17.00. I just looked at the tag a moment ago and saw that the 2nd blouse was actually Maternity wear. (I can't hem it up because it's a stretchy material and one piece as well.)
No wonder I liked the way it covered certain problem areas!
"Remember how we used to take The Bus to Honolulu when we were in high school?" asked Joanne.
"We used to go to Kress and buy nail polish (that's about all we could afford) and feel so free and grown up," added Diane.
Yes... those were the days my friends, and I'm so glad we have them back again.