I saw this article this morning, and thought, “my goodness, I Must blog this”! Especially after this weekend, being with my life-long friends, laughing, giggling and crying… Totally resonates with me, so, I am reprinting this article I originally found on the Huffington Post! And while I haven’t featured all my dear friends, critical friends, BFF’s and BFFL’s in this blog, they’ve gotten previous mentions (at least most have), and certainly will get mentions again. <3 <3 <3
Lucille Ball was born on this day in 1911, and though we lost her long ago, her legacy as America’s favorite redhead lives on through the timeless classic, “I Love Lucy.” People of all generations still enjoy Lucy’s antics as much as they did over 60 years ago when the show first premiered.
We can always count on Lucy to make us laugh, but the show taught us some memorable life lessons as well.
1. Never give up on your dreams.
Not one to be confined to her status as a housewife, there was nothing Lucy wouldn’t do to get what she wanted, whether it was scheming her way onto Ricky’s performances at the Tropicana, finding a job to make an extra buck, or learning French to dine at the fanciest restaurant. Lucy’s confidence and persistence were purely inspiring. She never let anything get her down — even if she’d had a little too much Vitameatavegamin.
2. Funny trumps pretty, any day.
Sure, Lucy had her looks going for her. Lucille Ball actually started her career as a fashion model, and with her porcelain skin, long legs, and that unforgettable hair, it’s no surprise. But it’s not her looks we remember her for. Lucy was one of the first female comedians to gain popularity, reminding us that women are far more than just pretty faces.
3. A best friend is simply priceless.
Like Batman has Robin, like Sherlock has Watson, everyone needs a sidekick. Yes, a good friend will be there to catch you when you fall, but a great friend will be right there, falling with you. Ethel and Lucy’s friendship is one all women wish they had. From enrolling in charm school together to get their feminine wiles back, to teaming up to prove their husbands wrong, no task was too big for the dynamic duo — and their shenanigans were guaranteed to flop spectacularly. It only made us love them even more.
This, happens to be very true.
4. Laughter is the best medicine.
OK, maybe this is one lesson we learned at Lucy’s expense. “I Love Lucy” never fails to cheer us up… and her antics, though ridiculous, are strangely relatable.
Tracy…#SoleSister. Never have I met someone who, without fail, makes me laugh, every single day! Love this girl…and there is a chance, albeit slim, she’s actually funnier than I! And did I mention, she’s also younger? Still love her!
5. Be yourself.
We loved Lucy no matter what sort of trouble she got herself into, but if there’s one thing she can teach us, it’s that no good ever comes from pretending to be someone you’re not. Literally. Like the time when Lucy dresses up like Superman, only to be shown up by the real deal. Or when Lucy’s feigned illness ends up scaring her more than anyone else. Or the time when she pretends to be Ricky’s agent and accidentally gets him released from his movie contract. Lucy, you got some ‘splainin to do.
This blog is dedicated to my life-long friends, two whom I’ve known since kindergarten. Carolyn, Donna B, Donna R, Kristy and Shari. You’re never too old to go “Gangsta”… or “surfs up”, as my kids told me I was doing. #Clueless. To my favorite girls…always there for each other, through thick and thin, in good times and in bad. Don’t know what I’d do without you! #Priceless.
We are missing Donna, the bride, because she didn’t go gangsta with us, as she was busy playing the role of the Bride at the wedding, so here we are with the bride. #Bridesmaids2014
Song of the Day: Build me up Buttercup, by the Foundations…Yes, this is the 4th time it’s been featured, but it’s really that great of a song…Plus, at the wedding, I missed dancing to it, as I was otherwise engaged, and every one of these girls ran up to me, as I came back into the room, “You just missed Buttercup”. Nothing like friends who know your fav song! Not even Kevin knew to mention that! 😉
Peace, love and fun in the sun!