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I don’t think any of you would disagree that our close circle of girlfriends is one of the greatest joys of being a woman.

Women are experts in how to nurture and sustain female friendships, and their role in one’s life, I believe, becomes a stronger feature as we get older.

So I want to celebrate the two women that I have known the longest in my life.

I want to honour them now because on April 6th they both turned 65. An uncanny coincidence, my two longest and closet female friends have the same birthday!  Add to that, they were in the same year together at the same high school – also my high school.

Lizzie and I met when we were both still in public school and my family moved into the house next to hers. (Lizzie is the one on the right below.)



We were inseparable in those days, spending all our free time together gabbing about fashion, music, movies, and of course, boys. I remember we loved going the local skating rink to see which boys would ask us to skate and hold hands. I still swoon at those memories!

Lizzie and I came down with the mumps at exactly the same time and our mothers let us spend our sick time together.  We decided to make good use of it by individually writing a book.

I wrote about being a city girl going to the country, and Lizzie about a country girl going to the city. We did a chapter a day and then read them out to each other.  This went on for a few weeks until we both were well enough to go back to school. (Neither of our tomes was ever published.)



I met Shardie at high school.  My boyfriend brought us together. He noticed Shardie at her locker in the hall one day. She was crying.

“There’s just something so similar about the two of you,” he said. “Why don’t you go and see what’s wrong. Maybe you can help?” he said.

I found out that Shardie had just failed her math exam. At the time, math was one of my best subjects. Coincidentally though, I had just got a 59 out of 100 on an English test, my lowest grade ever! That turned out to be Shardie’s best subject. In an instant, we became best buds and have been there for each other ever since.


(Shardie in Paris — this is not her motorcycle though!)



50 + and almost 50 years of friendship respectively is to be cherished. I love these two women so much for shaping who I am and making my life better, fuller and richer. They have been there to bolster me during the lows and to cheer me on during the many highs.  In fact, I would have been someone quite different without them.

So join me in wishing them the Happiest of Birthdays and to both of you precious ladies, I can never thank you enough for being brought to me in this lifetime to be my nearest and dearest of friends.


(Lizzie with her beloved French Bull grand dog Ruby)

PS 65 Rocks! You both look MARVELLOUS! BFS Forever!

Who are your besties?


  1. Marita Sakote on April 7, 2019 at 8:48 am

    My best wishes to your girls group, especially Shardie with her funny name, the only and best Shardie in the hole world.
    I will be happy to organize a Paris trip for all of you

    • Liz Gilbert on April 7, 2019 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks for your birthday wishes. Shardie does indeed have an unusual and glamorous name. I could not imagine her with any other name.

    • Shardie Stevenson on April 7, 2019 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you so much!
      Our friendship has been one of life’s blessings…. I’ve grown up and grown as a person because of Diana. ?
      The fact that Lizzie and I were actually born on the exact same day is quite unbelievable ! Magical .., all of it!
      It is an unusual name …… it’s actually an ancient Persian word for happiness.

    • Diana Bishop on April 7, 2019 at 9:35 pm

      Marita.. how wonderful to hear from you! Yes I cannot wait to see you again! Diana

  2. Laura Pacheco on April 7, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Happy birthday to two very special ladies.
    Your story made me reflect on how truly fortunate I am to also have friends that date back to high school and elementary school. I have many friends but the older ones are truly special, they know where you are coming from and have watched you ‘grow up’
    Thanks for the reminder.

    • Liz Gilbert on April 7, 2019 at 5:11 pm

      It is good to be reminded of the importance of longtime friends. You are right – they watch you grow and learn and thrive. A privilege for those who have not lost touch. Liz (aka Lizzie)

    • Diana Bishop on April 7, 2019 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks for following my blog Laura and sharing your comments. Always great to hear from you!

    • Shardie Stevenson on April 7, 2019 at 10:57 pm

      Thank you for your Birthday wishes!
      I totally agree ; friends are all wonderful but there is something very special about those you’ve had for ever …. they are part of you ?

  3. Tamara Thompson on April 7, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Good friendships are rare, long friendships that last a lifetime FORMIDABLE! WAIT! –(No words) for such beauty and strength you all hold in friendship. HAPPY 65th BIRTHDAY Ladies. Congrats on your blog Diana!! Escaping my Sunday with Paris. Oh, question? Is that Shardie in the photo of the young girl standing alone? –My math skills are poor, I feel your pain!!

    • Liz Gilbert on April 7, 2019 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks for the birthday wishes. It seems such a momentous number and yet the 12 year old in the photo with Diana is stil at the heart of me.

    • Diana Bishop on April 7, 2019 at 9:33 pm

      Yes, the black and white photo in the field is Shardie at 14 years of age I believe.
      Thanks for the comments Tamara, always love hearing from you! Diana

    • Shardie Stevenson on April 7, 2019 at 11:02 pm

      Thanks for the birthday wishes!
      Yes … friendships like this are rare …. aren’t we lucky to have them ❤️
      Yes that’s me , Shardie … standing in a field of flowers at the tender age of 15 …. when I first met Diana. It’s so hard to believe that was 50 years ago ! Egad! ?

  4. Lynda Davis on April 7, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    A toast to girlfriends. One of life’s great blessings. I have three girlfriends I’ve known since we were six years old and I’m now 71. One of them referred me to your blog. The benefits just keep coming.

    • Liz Gilbert on April 7, 2019 at 5:16 pm

      Yes a toast to girlfriends. I’ll drink to that.

    • Diana Bishop on April 7, 2019 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks so much for reading my blog Lynda! And yes, we are blessed to have such good friends!

    • Shardie Stevenson on April 7, 2019 at 11:06 pm

      Yes let’s raise our glasses to girlfriends ..: they laugh and cry with us. They light up our lives ! ?

  5. Laurie Metter on April 7, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Happy, Happy 65th to you both!! As it turns out, my best friend of 47 years and I are fulfilling a decades-old dream, and going to Paris this September! I wouldn’t enjoy this trip as much with anyone else. We’ve been there for each other through the best and the worst. She is my female soulmate. We are both obsessing about what to bring for the weather, and I am watching French tv and movies to brush up on my French. The deposit is down on an apartment within 900′ for Sacre-Coeur, in old Montmartre, and so far we’ve planned day trips to LeMans and Giverny. Our tastes are similar as only besties for decades understand. Shardie and Lizzie are so fortunate to have each other AND you. Toast each other for me.

    • Diana Bishop on April 7, 2019 at 9:28 pm

      How fun for you and your BF. September is one of my favourite months in Paris. The weather is usually lovely. Last night it was really warm almost right until the end of the month when there was a day or two of chilly weather. A light coat or jacket should get you through.

      And there are lots of fun ideas for you to think about in my blog posts.
      Thanks so much for the comments! Diana

    • Shardie Stevenson on April 7, 2019 at 11:10 pm

      Toasting each other ??
      Have a wonderful trip to Paris with your BFF’s! Best friends in the best city in the world…. what could be better !? Have a wonderful time ??

  6. Shardie Stevenson on April 8, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Diana…. my BFF, my sister from another mother …. I just wanted to say thank you thank you thank you! Always, for just being you, but specifically …. for writing this blog about Lizzie and me ! Using your brilliant pen to give us this from the heart, Is such a memorable gift … one I’ll never forget. ???

    • Diana Bishop on April 8, 2019 at 10:20 am

      I think we might have been twins. If we had a nickle for each time someone asked that eh?
      You are welcome BF! It was my pleasure! Diana

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