This is a story near and dear to my heart, as it tells the tale of a group of my closest friends. Some of us have known each other since kindergarten, others since middle school.  I am honored and touched that they pulled together to sponsor not one, but TWO classes for Books for Keeps. Thanks girls – love you! –Melaney

Here is our story, as written by Stephanie.

Growing up in the small southern town of Macon, Georgia,  this group bonded at the tender age of 13. What drew these girls together was of typical circumstances: boys, laughter, gossip, clothes, makeup and typical High School activities of the time. College may have taken us apart geographically, but we always found time to gather during visits back home. An afternoon together on Christmas Eve would roll into late in the evening, never a lapse in conversation, laughter, or tears.
After a few years, get togethers became wedding and baby showers. 
We celebrated these significant milestones together, peppered with new friends from college and our work- but never quite the same as “the girls.”
Unfortunately, gatherings now may take place at funerals for our parents, but what comfort we take seeing each other during this most difficult time.
This group now, with our busy lives, will carve out a weekend, usually once a year, and to an outsider, you would think we speak everyday. 
Falling back into our comfort zone with each other has become second nature. We’ve been there for each other through marriage, divorce, births, death, financial success, lay-offs, partnerships, as well as the other ups and downs of life. 
Now, almost 30 years later, our bond is still there, stronger than ever.

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our friendship than to support our friend Melaney, Books for Keeps, and these well- deserving students. 

Sponsor a class and send us YOUR story.  Here’s how.