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Kami West had been dating her current boyfriend for a few weeks when she told him that he was outranked by her best friend. West knew her boyfriend had caught snatches of her daily calls with Kate Tillotson, which she often placed on speaker mode.
We started Kappa Delta and got our house in We worked very hard to get that sorority off the ground, and it made us much closer. Vicki: We have a Christmas extravaganza every year.
We all banded together to help her. Popular Latest. Melinda: I have recently retired, and I was looking for things to do. Beck: How have your life milestones over the years intersected with your friendship? Melinda: If we were trying to get together a KD dinner, we had a phone chain of people to call.
We had a small group, so you could really make friends. Julie Beck: What made you all want to a sorority?
We went to a lot of parties across the street at the fraternity houses. In our 40s and 50s, enough of our kids were launched, and we could start getting away together for longer periods of time.
ET on August 6, Susan Goewey62, a freelance writer who lives in Vienna, Virginia Vicki Healy62, a retired nurse who lives in Vienna, Virginia Melinda Malico64, a retired communications officer who lives in Potomac Falls, Virginia Pat Silverman63, a retired development officer who lives in Arlington, Virginia Mary Ellen Slattery62, a construction project manager for the Smithsonian who lives in Annandale, Virginia. They had an apartment in Washington, D. They seemed so sophisticated.
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The best recipe in there is by [our sister] Anita. It would be more of a potluck, too, because people just brought whatever.
Chop cranberries and walnuts. After that, you were on your own, and you could feel really, really isolated.
What if friendship, not marriage, was at the center of life?
Mary Ellen: I think we learned early on that we have women of wisdom in our group. But University of Virginia was—and is still—a huge party place. In Subscribe. Finding a group to belong to was a tether. My daughter would not latch, so [another KD sister] drove to my house and taught me how.
If somebody was coming in from out of town for a visit, that would spark a KD dinner.
Then we found out that they postponed it because of us until a happier time. These are our selves before they were born, before we were married. InI moved back [to the area from Boston], and I hosted a dinner because I wanted to reconnect. Susan Goewey: We had this big friend group and felt like we belonged. Beck: During the pandemic, you made a cookbook—can you tell me how that came together? Read: Work-life balance has to include friendship.
There were all kinds of crazy games, and foam and stuff like that.
It’s hard to make friends when you move to a new town
When my daughter had an operation, I just was overwhelmed. Bake in middle of oven for 40 minutes. Mary Ellen: There was a period of time when we were all griping about our husbands. Vicki: Most of us got married at the end of our 20s or 30s and then we were having babies. Athletes and guys would come.
Mary Ellen Slattery: University of Virginia was a very large school, and they only had housing for you your first year. Read: The importance of eating together. One time our house manager got stuck in a snowstorm coming back after winter break. Acts of service: making food to share and hosting our friends.
Vicki: I remember walking into that funeral, and the whole first row must have been 12 or 14 KDs. We try to be there for the good and rejoice in that and be there in the bad and support when that happens. Vicki: I think we were all naive and maybe a little unrealistic in college. Updated at p.
When the dream of growing old with your friends comes true
Vicki: We broke a few rules. I provided her with a cleaning woman for a year. Every time the grief would overwhelm you, just looking at the white roses was like a hug from your sisters. Beck: After college, you stayed in touch with regular dinners—how did those get started? The Atlantic Crossword. Come spend a week out here. Stir the batter until it is smooth and pour it over the cranberry-walnut mixture.
Beck: What was the social vibe like at the sorority? Melinda Malico: Obviously, it was for friendship.
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How did we tell everybody? Almost every year we come out [to Colorado], and we make new memories every time. Beck: How has your friendship changed from your sorority days, and how have you stayed the same?
But the core group was always in Northern Virginia. Susan: There were periods of time when life got in the way, but we still had the dinner. Quality time: being together. How has this group managed to avoid that?
The best friends can do nothing for you
And we did. There is a lot of pressure to bring the perfect ornament to this Christmas party every year. Back then, sometimes it was all wine. Then we started rotating houses. If you are familiar with the five love languages, our KD dinners meet all five. We wrap these ornaments; we shop for them all year; we get highly competitive about who found the best ornaments, and the funniest.
Touch: hugs and kisses. At the Christmas party, we play.
The awful coincidence of 2 friends who got the same cancer
The Friends: Susan Goewey62, a freelance writer who lives in Vienna, Virginia Vicki Healy62, a retired nurse who lives in Vienna, Virginia Melinda Malico64, a retired communications officer who lives in Potomac Falls, Virginia Pat Silverman63, a retired development officer who lives in Arlington, Virginia Mary Ellen Slattery62, a construction project manager for the Smithsonian who lives in Annandale, Virginia.
Everyone brings an ornament. We do a swap. Susan: I read somewhere that the opposite of play is not work; it is depression.
So we started a thing where we all had to go around and say something nice about them.