Do you have a girlfriend that you can Tell All to? That shares all your secrets? And is there for you no matter what? Kimberley Freeman, author of the new novel Wildflower Hill, shares her story with us for International Women’s Friendship Month.
September is a special month around Girlfriendology – it’s International Women’s Friendship Month (aka: #FriendshipMonth) and we’re celebrating with 30 great guest blogs filled with fabulous girlfriend advice and wisdom. Today we hear from author KIMBERLY FREEMAN:
This is all about Mary-Rose and the mountain. Mary-Rose is a person, one of my dearest friends as it happens; and the mountain is, well, a mountain. But Mary-Rose and the mountain come in a package deal. Mary-Rose and I live about four miles away from each other, and between us is Mt Coot-tha, which cradles the western edge of Brisbane. There is a bush track, a mile and a half around and up, that you can access from the bottom of the falls. Mary-Rose and I walk up the bush track together three or four times a week.
We don’t do it to get tight buns or improve our resting heart-rates. We do it to stay sane. We take Mary-Rose’s poodle-spaniel-cross Spike and we dress in our oldest sweats and t-shirts, and we do it whether it’s freezing cold or blindingly sunny. We’ve even done it in the rain.
Mary-Rose has a saying: “What’s said on the mountain stays on the mountain,” and under that oath to each other, we have shared the most incredibly intimate details of each other’s lives, opening our hearts and souls. It’s a kind of therapy, with the damp smell of the forest and the sharp tang of the eucalypts infusing the air, walking up that stony track then cresting the summit, pausing for a moment to congratulate ourselves, then heading down again. We solve all our problems, whether it’s children (our sons are best friends), work (we are both writers), or husbands/friends/family/life in general.
She’s fierce, Mary-Rose, and she loves me fiercely. She’s always the person who says, “Don’t let people treat you that way!” or “You’re doing great, don’t be so down on yourself!” She is wise and she is kind and she is generous. I can only hope I am as much use to her as she is to me.
KIMBERLEY FREEMAN was born in London and grew up in Brisbane, buy klonopin 2mg online Australia. She has a Ph.D. in English and teaches at the University of Queensland. Freeman currently lives in Brisbane with her husband and two children. Please visit her at www.kimberleyfreeman.com and check out her NEW book: Wildflower Hill.
Check out this book review for Wildflower Hill by our own Judi Cogen.
What girlfriend is your walking partner? What girlfriends do you share conversations with that is your ‘girlfriend therapy?’ Aren’t you glad you have her/them?!
And, by the way, we LOVE guest blogs here at Girlfriendology. Have a great girlfriend story to tell? Want to celebrate your fabulous female friends? SHARE! (And, we also have Girlfriend Gurus – check that out to be featured on Girlfriendology!)
Note: It’s September – International Women’s Friendship Month (#Friendship Month) and we’re celebrating all month long! From this interview and guest blog by Miss America, to a month of women’s wisdom and 30 guest blogs, to our Newsletter Sign-up Contest and Facebook fun, and more! Don’t miss out on any of it! SIGN UP for our Newsletter and ‘Like’ us on Facebook to stay up to date with all the fun friendship festivities and more!
Our September Friendship Month Guest Blogs so far …
- Sept 1 – MISS AMERICA, Teresa Scanlan – The Importance of Friendship
- Sept 2 – Shasta Nelson, GirlfriendCircles – Friendship in Stages – Advice for more Meaningful Friendships
- Sept 3 – Kimberly Anderson, Kim’s Closet TV – Giving back to your community with a Friend
- Sept 4 – Lynn Gasior, Cabin Chicks – Girlfriend Memories and Traditions
- Sept 5 – Rachel Awes, Artist – The Art of Girlfriends
- Sept 6 – Flo Schell, Joyful Aging – Heartfelt Advice on Friendships
- Sept 7 – Cherie Burbach, author, About.com editor – How to Understand Your Girlfriend’s Health Problems
- Sept 8 – Susan Mallery, best-selling author – Three Lessons a Girlfriend Can Learn from Tim Gunn
- Sept 9 – Elizabeth Patch, artists, body image Girlfriend Guru – Conversations with Ourselves
- Sept 10 – Donina Ifurung, On High Heels – Girls and the Art of Togetherness
- Sept 11 – Jennifer Buehlre Williams, Mom / Journalist – A Mom’s / Girlfriend’s Point of View of 9/11
- Sept 12 – Shanae Miller, Single Southern Mommy – Girlfriend Advice from Deep in the Heart
- Sept 13 – Kristin Peoples, CouponScribbles – Five Ways to Organize for Back to School Frenzy
- Sept 14 – Kimberley Freeman, author – Mary-Ros and the Mountain, A Tale of Two Girlfriends