Friends often drift away over time, but these six childhood friends won’t be kept apart.
The Ya Ya Sisters, Gloria Carusi, Gail Bowen and Marg Meade (Gail and Marg are sisters), Carol Marks, Janice James and Jolie McIntyre, have been friends for more than 50 years and even though their lives have led them to different parts of the country, and the world, they still make a commitment to get together every couple of years.
Carusi, Bowen and Meade were neighbours and started playing together at the age of five and four years-old.
Bowen and Marks were in Grade 1 together, with Meade starting the next year.
The four of them spent each summer together at Gail and Marg’s family cottage in Caesarea, Ont.
There, they met James at age 13.
Meade went to nursing school where she met McIntyre at the age of 18-years-old, and the rest is history.
The six women married, four had children, and all are still happily married living in Vernon, Ontario and Scotland.
They usually have their reunions in Toronto where their friendship started, but this year the group met in Vernon at the home of Carol Marks.
Each women made the journey from across the country and Scotland, where Meade now lives, to spend time together in the Okanagan.
When asked what friendship means to her, Carusi replied, “Carol, Gail, Janice, Marg and Jolie are what friendships means to me.” The ladies enjoyed their time together taking in the sights of the Okanagan and most importantly, catching up on each others lives.
The Ya Ya Sisters favourite quote is from Aristotle, “Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two (six) bodies.”