Girls Day Out
Today I am excited. I’m pumped. I’m raring to go.
It’s my annual trip to the tennis with three of my best friends and it’s always an awesome day.
It doesn’t matter if the tennis is ordinary. It doesn’t matter if the weather is inclement. It doesn’t matter if the trip down is tiresome.
It’s always, always a great day.
I can’t remember the first year we ventured to the NSW Open (as it was then called). I do remember the first few years we travelled to White City at Rushcutters Bay until the tournament was moved to Olympic Park in 2000.
In the beginning we would eagerly scan the day’s play and work out which courts we would visit at what time so we wouldn’t miss the players we wished to see. It was about the experience and the tennis and it was fun.
In recent years we have been more than happy to just take our seats in Ken Rosewall Arena and soak in the featured matches there while we get busy catching up with the main aim of the day – spending time together again.
This year will mark 18 years since we all met as new recruits in the public service. That represents literally half my life (I started out as a very green and naive 19 year old), a not inconsiderate amount of time!
As the years have gone on and we have changed employers and moved cities, our annual trip to the tennis has remained a very important constant in our ever-evolving lives.
We have complained about work, commiserated over break-ups, celebrated pregnancies, and congratulated each other on life’s triumphs while we watch that little yellow ball be struck from one end of the court to the other.
I love the real and genuine friendships where you can always pick up where you left off, regardless of how long it has been since you last saw each other.
These friends of mine, my tennis buddies, they are the real deal.
I know they will be my friends for life.
I know that I really, really need a girl’s day out.
I know that I am going to have an awesome day!
Here’s to an awesome day for you too!
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