I have been a very lucky woman. Lucky to have met and fallen in love with a wonderful man. Lucky to have two healthy, beautiful children. Lucky to have an interesting job.
And lucky, oh so very lucky, to have good friends.
You see, it wasn't so long ago that I was living in Croatia. Working hard to build democratic political parties. Thousands of miles from my family and girlfriends.
And then I met Willeke, my exuberant, sporty, humorous Dutch friend. That was over ten years ago and we are still best of friends today.
So, it was lucky that she could join us in Paris from her home in Amsterdam. Lucky that she and Abby got to know each other. Lucky that it was like three girlfriends piling around Paris together. Oh, so very lucky.