Come on now… you know what I mean. Are you the type of friend that creates crazy situations? Or are you the type of friend who is the accomplice to the crazy? You might be either or both depending on who you are with. You probably have a dominant I Love Lucy personality.
According to Sabienna Bowman, Ethel needed Lucy just as much as Lucy needed Ethel. Even without a show to call her own, the legacy of Ethel can be felt in every best friend combo from Mary and Rhoda straight on through to the raucous ladies of Don’t Trust the B—in Apt. 23.
Let’s take a closer look at what comes to mind with Lucy and Ethel’s personalities.
Rule Breaker Rule Follower
Truth Stretcher Truth Seeker
Hare-brained Ideas Voice of Reason
I am without any doubt a Lucy. I have gotten amazing girlfriends into crazy situations more than once. Like the time I instigated a living /dining room flooring demo at my friend’s home. Yep, that was a big one.
Our husbands were out all Saturday and we both didn’t have children to exhaust us yet and stop us from what we did to her home. It all started out simply. We were hanging out at her new-to-them home and talking about the possibility of hardwoods under the carpeting. I brought up how lucky we were when we pulled up two bedrooms and a hallway of carpet. We found great hardwoods under twenty-year old carpeting.
I got that crazy look in my eye and said we should pull up a corner to see. She agreed because together we are actually two Lucys. We were giggling as we tugged on that corner and we were pleased with what we found. So, we worked all day and removed all the carpet from the open living/dining room area. As we pulled, sweated and laughed about what our husbands would say, we got to the middle of the room. We were in trouble. There was some major damage where walls had been removed to make the space an open floor plan. I definitely felt like Steve Urkel from the show, Family Matters with the famous line, “Did I do that?”
I sure did. Oh, we knew it wasn’t going to be a project that we completed, but a mess we created. Then we did what we could, we cleaned! We worked double-time to get all the carpet and padding out, swept the floors and then figured out how we would face our husbands. We were dirty and little scared. We definitely had some esplaining to do as Ricky would have demanded of Lucy. To this day almost ten years later, our husbands still question what we are going to get into together.
I am thankful tonight for my girlfriends. Those who are Lucys and those who are Ethels are both equally important to helping me have fun in life! To my Ethel friends, thank you for coming alongside me in my craziest of times. To my Lucy friends, I am sure another adventure is ahead of us.
Hope you have a lot more adventures ahead of you too!
PS- I am blogging daily for Lent (M-F)
Women in the Box: Ethel Mertz, I Love Lucy