I recently spent an evening sitting on a rooftop with a dozen friends, celebrating the impending births of a couple of babies and eating an assortment of dark chocolate. It was one of the first chilly nights of the season and kind of windy, especially up on the roof, but we couldn’t tear ourselves away from the hours of good conversation – in which we could actually finish a sentence because there were no children present. Eventually, however, the party broke up as husbands texted to let their wives know their babies were awake and needing to nurse, or the cold finally penetrated our jackets, or the long days from the first week of school caught up to us.
I left the party wishing we could somehow stop time every week to cloister ourselves away from kids and chores, e-mails and phones. Time spent with friends feels like such a luxury at this time in my life, when nap times and school pickup eat up so much of my day. If only I could stop life for just a few hours a week to regroup and reconnect with those women who keep me sane when I’m losing my head, who watch my children in an emergency, who support me in my endeavors and inspire me with their own accomplishments, certainly I would be a much happier, healthier person.
Yeah, that would be pretty awesome.
Then again, does life have to stop so you can squeeze in some friend-time? Certainly not! There are lots of ways to reap the benefits of friendship on a daily basis – without retreating to the rooftops to do it. Click through for 15 group activities that can help you connect with your friends on a daily basis – and become a better person for it.
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