Well Pennysaver fans, after a day of deliberation among our five-person panel consisting of four women and one very brave man, we have voted for the three winners of the Menopause the Musical tickets.
The winners were voted on based on their story of how they met their best friend. The three winners will each receive two tickets to the the opening night show on Nov. 9 at the Forum Theatre in Binghamton.
These choices were not easy as we had many excellent choices. However, if you were not one of the three winners it is likely that the one guy on the panel voted for you
Here are the winners:
Each one of my three best friends came along at different times in my life. I am extremely lucky that all three of them are also very close to one another. One, Emerine, I have had since Middle School. One, Oldsie, I have known since high school but we didn’t actually become good friends until we were married and had children, and one, Mere, I made recently while switching to a new church. We all have large families. Two of us are married with 4 children and two are married with three children.
One night at Bible Study we realized how hard it was for us to get any time alone with our husbands with out having to pay a fortune for a babysitter. So we devised the Kids Swap program. For four hours every Friday one of us hosts all 14 children at their house while the other three get to go out and have time with their spouses. While we might not always go out for a night on the town we do get to spend some quality kid-free time. One Friday a month I have 14 children at my house but the other Friday’s I have none.
The only problem with this program is finding time to have girl time with my best friends!! Winning tickets would be a great way for all of us to get together with out having to spend much money. Having large families in this economy makes it almost impossible to go out and see something like Menopause The Musical!!
I was bored one night so asked my little sister to go fishing with me. It was a night in April about 15 years ago. We went to the bridge (in Sidney) and started casting off the bridge. Somehow when my sister swung back to cast and the hook got caught in my hair.
It was dark on the bridge and we could not see so we went to cross the street and walked towards the Quickway (corner of Main and River St.). I saw a woman in the store window and thought, “Wow, maybe she can help me get the hook out of my hair.”
So I started to walk across the street, my sister had given me a lead from the fishing pole, and then suddenly she started reeling in. Could not believe it! She is reeling me in on the street as we were walking towards the Quickway. The woman in the Quickway started to laugh so hard. We get into the store and she is staring in total disbelief and laughing at the same time. We start to laugh my sister and I. The lady says, “I thought I saw everything but this is crazy.”
She helped me get the hook out of my head. We are best friends to this day.
When I was 5 years old my parents bought a house. Shortly after our move, school started. I was shy and quiet. One day, when walking home from the bus stop, I dropped my composition book (we did not have backpacks then). A girl picked it up and handed it to me. Her name was Barbie. She was my next door neighbor. She was one year older than me.
When I said “Thank you” she smiled and asked me why I was so quiet. We have been best friends ever since. It’s been 46 years since that date. She is now in Florida and I am in Central NY but not distance or time has broken the bond of friendship. Last year, I flew to Florida to celebrate my 50th birthday with her. We spent a week at Treasure Island and it was like we had not seen each other for 2 weeks although it had been 30+ years. We stay in touch via Facebook.
Here are just a couple of our honorable mentions:
I actually met my best friend in grade school, but it wasn’t until after I moved away for three years and came back in 7th grade that I realized it!
Back in 6th grade I had a big blow up Oscar Meyer hot dog (why, I don’t know!) and on the last day of school a bunch of friends signed it before I moved away. That keepsake was pulled out after I moved back to my hometown and one signature was from Yvette, but I didn’t remember her.
Within a very short time of my return we were best friends and have remained so ever since! It will soon be 30 years of friendship and we’ve seen each other through life’s ups and downs. Good times, sad times, hard times. We’ve laughed until we’ve cried and cried until we laughed. We may not be able to see each other very often but we know that both one of us can pick up the phone at any given moment and we’d be there!
Due to the distance between us and our busy families (both of us have children) we have not done anything together in at least five years and I would LOVE the opportunity to see Menopause together.
I met my BFF, (Theresa), about 35 years ago, in the basement of a Church in Binghamton. We were both there for a Weight Watchers meeting and we introduced ourselves and sat together for the meeting. Before the next weeks meeting, my husband (who worked for the Post Office), had a softball game and I went to watch it.
When I got there, to my surprise, there was this girl (Theresa) that I had just met. To both our surprise, her husband, who had just been hired by the Post Office, was playing on the team with my husband and they didn’t know each other either.
Needless to say, 35 years later we are still BFFs as well as our husbands. We have done a lot together and been through a lot together (sometimes we included our husband too!). We have been BFFs for so long that strangers say we look like sisters and that is okay because she is my BFF and in my heart she is my sister. I would really like to win these tickets to “Menapause, The Musical” so I could take my BFF (Theresa) with me.
Note: The stories that you read will also be put into a Pennysaver near you pretty soon along with pictures of the three winners (unless they’re camera-shy). Also, some of these stories were edited to be grammatically correct but the context was not changed.