I love my husband and children immensely, and I love spending time with them.
However, the first Friday of every month is when I walk out of the door at 5 p.m., dressed in a cute outfit without any spit-it up or peanut butter on it, and I go meet my girlfriends for a night out.
We started getting together once a month about five years ago. It used to be at each other’s homes for what we called the “Cooking Club”. There would be a theme and we would all cook something that fit into that theme. It was wonderful, but after five years we needed to change things up. And boy have we ever!
We decided it was time to explore our city and have some fun that didn’t require us cleaning our houses and cooking. So now, each month, a different member of the group has to plan an outing to do something unique and fun in the city. We’ve painted and drank wine one month, we sampled margaritas at a Mexican restaurant another month, but nothing could prepare us for the hilarity of this month: The Patio Ride.
What is the patio ride, you ask?
It’s literally a large bicycle that fits up to 16 people that you pedaled from bar to bar in the Old Market area of Omaha. No, I’m not joking. It’s the most hilarious thing you have ever seen. Women hiking themselves up on bike seats and attempting to all pedal furiously after the patio bicycle driver rings the bell to signal you. Then, he rings it again when it is time to stop and you hope and pray that you don’t fall off the thing.
I loved every minute of it. Not just because of the bike and tasty beverages we bought at bars along the way, but because I got to laugh with my girlfriends for hours. We didn’t talk about our kids, our jobs or even our husbands. We just laughed. That’s the beauty of girlfriends. It doesn’t matter what you are talking about, or even where you are, if you find that group of girls that make you laugh harder than a Will Ferrell movie, then you are set for life.
And I can happily say, I’m set for life.
Danielle Herzog is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom to two children.
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