As I look at my precious daughter sleeping I can’t help but wonder who she will become, the life she will live, and the friendships she’ll hold dear. It reminds me of my past, my present, and our future together. Looking back on the years past I can’t help but feel blessed by the wonderful friendships I’ve experienced. God truly placed the right people in my life at the right time to help me become the woman I am today.
My girlfriends have held me while my heart was broken, challenged my faith, helped me cram for my final exams, wrote me letters while I was overseas, supported me in community development, driven hours to visit, and celebrated times of growth and joy. So why are having girlfriends so important? I mean guys are pretty great, I’m not denying that. I married to a pretty great guy and my friendship with him is the strongest friendship I have ever experienced. I still have some great girls in my life though and those friendships strengthen me in a way my non-martial male friendships don’t.
I am greatly blessed by my non-martial male friendships. In my case they offer me humor, wisdom, and insight into a different perspective that is derived from seeing the world in a way I don’t. But my lady friends support me in a way that is different. They offer me unfiltered opinions and support, unrestricted honesty, and deep sympathetic understanding, a commonality of women-hood with experience that matches that commonality. With there support and encouragement I have overcome so many obstacles and without them many of my dreams may not have happened.
As woman we have overcome so much. We banded together and fought for the right to vote. We stuck together and fought for fair wages, a battle that continues to be fought. We are now coming together to fight against sex trafficking and sexual assault; making the world saver for our daughters and sons. Together we have so much power.
In a time where it’s easier to criticize, become jealous, and deal with our pain by hurting others let’s remember that we are stronger together than separated. We can accomplish so much by choosing to love, forgive and support each other; even when it’s hard. So let’s invite our closest gal pals and thank them for all they’ve done for us as we enjoy our Crispy Tahiti Salad.
Recipe: Crispy Tahiti Salad
1 Cup Bow Tie Pasta
1 Cup Fresh Spinach
1 Cup Shredded Lettuce
1 Clove of Garlic
2 tbsp Sundried Tomatoes
3 tbsp Tahiti Salad Dressing
2 tbsp Almonds
1/4 Cup Panko Crumbs
Serves 2, Total Cook Time 45 Minutes
Boil your bow tie pasta until it is no longer hard. Mince the garlic. In a sauce pain roast garlic and sun dried tomatoes. Add the pasta to the sauce pan and lightly saute the pasta with the garlic and sun dried tomatoes. Pour the pasta, garlic, and sun dried tomatoes into a mixing bowl. Add your Tahiti salad dressing to your pasta and stir. Put your past in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Next, rinse the spinach and shredded lettuce and cut your apple into small square slices. Lastly, place your spinach and lettuce on a plate. Add your apples, panko crumbs and almonds on top of your greens. Then add your pasta salad from the refrigerator and enjoy!
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