When Crabby Means Friends

Meet the Crabby Girls. We are a group of ladies that graduated from Seabreeze High School in 1971. We get together once a month for dinner. Sometimes we have nearly 30 in attendance; other times as few as 6.

These gatherings started about 2 years ago after our 45th HS Reunion. We discovered many of us had remained or returned to our community.

People frequently ask me “Why the name Crabby Girls“? The Sandcrab was our HS mascot.

The dictionary defines Crabby as irritable, cantankerous, irascible, bad-tempered, grumpy, grouchy,

This does NOT define our group!

I define Crabby Girls as….

 A  group of friends attached to another by feelings of personal regard and love for one another; a group who provides each other assistance and support.  And let’s not forget…  a group who loves to have fun and laugh!

This week about 19 of us will be celebrating being The Crabby Girls at a local restaurant. No, it’s not the official reason we are gathering… actually we don’t need an excuse as we just love getting together.

I feel so blessed to be a part of this group. We have a private Facebook message that has been ongoing for a couple of years. At first, our messages were mundane such as “Hi”, “See you at dinner tomorrow”, and so forth… and let’s not forget the emojis! We still say such things, but now we also reach out for advice, recommendations on various services (hairstylist, physicians, remodeling, etc.), prayer requests and more…

The best part is that our friendships have become deeper over the years.

Do we still have some of the HS dynamics? I guess… but ain’t it sweet it’s not apparent!wp-1526349028315..jpg

Each of us feels blessed to have these strong supportive relationships.

The Bible tells us “When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.” (Job 2:11)

Later this week a classmate in our group is having a minor procedure; a Crabby Girl is going with her for moral support. This is not the first time such support has been provided to a Crabby Girl.

We are living this verse “…to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.” 

Last week one sweet “Crabby Girl”  let us know she was concerned that she could not reach an elderly man she knows. Since she was unable to drive over to his home, another generous of heart member of our group drove over to his house. Each of us watched and waited for an update… he was fine.

Ecclesiastes 4:9 & 10 tells us,

Two are better off than one, because together they can work more effectively.  If one of them falls down, the other can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls, it’s just too bad, because there is no one to help him. “

As a group, we are better than one. We are not alone. We do and will in the future help each other up. We KNOW we have each other’s back.

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, … Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: (1Peter 4:8-10)

A friend loves at all times

God mentions friend/friends at least 102 times in the Bible. The above verse from Proverbs 17:17 tells it all.  He obviously knows how important these relationships are.

Do you have such friends? No? Then call someone, reach out to them, have them over for coffee. Be a friend.

Rejoice!

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Blessings, Susan


Susan Werthem is a Bible study leader, speaker, and author. She takes the Word of God and shares His truth in a humorous, unique and insightful way. To contact Susan to plan a retreat or seminar Click here

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