I just read an article in the Wall Street Journal about how today's kids have a harder time making really close friends because of a variety of factors including technology. It made me think about how the older we get, we seem to have many more acquaintances, and fewer close friends. Special female chums are true gold. You can call them in the middle of the night. They know all your faults and still love you. They didn't say "I told you so" when you never wore those expensive leather pants you found on sale. A true pal is happy when you're happy. She's not a rival or a judge, only a fierce ally. So let's celebrate our beautiful, wonderful, loyal, funny female friends. You know who you are. ~ Pat.