In the spirit of friendship

‘So I thought’ said Miranda to Carrie ‘that one of the perks of having a family was that you didn’t have to spend New Years Eve alone with Chinese food. I am alone. With Chinese food.’

Despite being fast asleep upon receiving this call, and Miranda’s insistence that she was fine really and just wanted to hear the sound of a friendly voice on the other end of the phone, Carrie jumped out of bed, shoved a coat over her PJ’s and ran across an icy cold Manhattan in her Manolo Blahnik’s arriving at Miranda’s door just as the clock struck midnight. ‘You’re not alone’ she said. ‘You’re not alone.’

For me, this scene, among many others like it, is one of the reasons that Sex & the City was such a huge success. It so cleverly, and more often than not hilariously, captured the very essence of female friendship.

 Since becoming a parent I’ve found it a real challenge to maintain and nurture my friendships, to give them the focus and the attention that, as a carefree singleton, I previously had to spare. In all honesty I often feel like I’ve become a bit of a half-arsed friend with phrases like ‘We really must catch up soon’ ‘It’s been waaaay too long’ and ‘Let’s do diaries asap’ flying out of my mouth all too often.

 Life is so busy and fast paced for so many of us that days become weeks, weeks become months and before you know it your ‘regular’ catch up with your dearest friends is actually an annual event.

But the wonderful thing about friendship, the real rock solid kind of friendship that Carrie and Miranda share, is that regardless of how much time has elapsed since you last saw each other you always know that you could call on your friend, day or night, in times of trouble and they’d be there like a shot.

 These friendships are a blessing. These friendships are the stuff that movies are made of.

 This New Years Eve, for one reason or another, Mrs L and I will be spending the evening together, just the two of us. We’ll be eating canap├ęs and drinking Prosecco (naturally) and missing our families but celebrating in the true spirit of friendship.

And I’ll be feeling grateful & blessed. Grateful that neither of us will have to hike it across town in the freezing cold wearing PJ’s and high heels (seriously, who wouldn’t have just bunged a pair of trainers on??) but utterly blessed in the knowledge that if we had to we would.

Happy New Year Cake Club friends! However you’re spending New Years Eve we hope you have a fabulous evening and an even more fabulous 2017 xx

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