I’m not sure how long we have known each other, but it spans close to 20 years. We all met, as many do, through our daughters, or in Pat’s case, granddaughter.
I met Kathy first at play group when our children were toddlers. Fast forward several years and our girls started playing competitive soccer together with Kathy as the team manager.
I think I met Pat next. Her granddaughter and my daughter shared the same passion for ballet and all things ‘dance’. This lead to years of dance lessons, ballet exams and dance competitions. Fondly called Granny P, Pat owned a dance and soccer store in the community thus bringing together the soccer moms and dance moms.
Our third Patio Girl, Tracey, was both a soccer mom and a dance mom. Our daughters danced at the same studio and played on the same soccer team. We travelled to various dance competitions switching girls when it was time to do hair and makeup, as our own daughters didn’t raise quite the same fuss if a mother, other than their own was pulling their hair into a bun.
Our girls eventually moved on from soccer and dance, but the four of us continued getting together for coffee and a gab from time to time. This eventually led to Friday drinks at Pat’s between May 24th and October. It didn’t take long before the tradition of “Pat’s Patio” took on a life of its own and the “Patio Girlz” were born.