The Soultown! Volume III: Issue 10 OCTOBER 2019 - Page 20

EXCLUSIVE JUMP FROM PAGE 17 designed and printed the t-shirts that symbolized the 2019 GGs Trip of the Year. During the 6 hour drive, we discovered more truths about each other ... Ruby is the biggest kid of all and her favorite place in the world is Disneyland. Chillin, hailing from the Midwest had never been to Disneyland and she doesn’t ride the rides. Maribel is the sole GG that will do whatever it takes to make others happy -- just as long as she can listen or watch the 49ers on the radio or any mobile device. “I thought we were going to be the only ones dressed alike at the park”, says Chillin. “I was wrong, there were couples, families and other groups of women on Girls’ trips, just like us.” The GGs have traveled all over the Peninsula / Bay Area, Vacaville, Reno, Las Vegas, Chicago and once during a road trip, stopped to admire the Hoover Dam before they climbed to the top of the Grand Canyon, then rode a helicopter to the bottom. Maribel and Ruby -- both Californians -- are die-hard Golden State Warriors fans, and Chillin -- born and raised in Chicago -- is a Bulls fan. This has never been a problem. Annually, the female fanatics gear up and head to a Warriors / Bulls game. This year the game is at the New Chase Center in San Francisco. The GGs tickets have been purchased and they’re ready to go Nov. 27. “Our next adventure includes joining a gym and a trip to Hawaii,” says Maribel. Ruby chimed in, “I hope us GG’s will take a trip to Hawaii together so they can learn a little more about my Pacific Islander Heritage and understand more about what shapes me.” “Well,” says Chillin, “I want to do all of those things, but I also want to go to Atlantic City. None of us have been. It’s where one of my favorite movies, Beaches was filmed. We need to explore more of the East Coast.” “I believe what connects us three -- in addition to working for BGCP -- is that each of us brings something very different to our friendship, says Maribel. On the other hand, Ruby believes “what connects us deeply is all of the good and bad experiences we have shared at BGCP in our growth. The challenges we faced individually and collectively have shaped us for the better, forever. I knew the GGs were more than just co-workers when they came to my family’s home to check on me after my older brother passed away.” Despite the differences of the GGs, they plan time to check-in and hang out with each other. Maribel is single with no children. Chillin is divorced with 2 children and 2 grandchildren and Ruby is married with 1 daughter. Courtesy Photo The GGs pose for a photograph while standing on top of the Grand Canyon, with beautiful scenery in the background. “It’s cool working for the same organization. Our friendship automatically makes us stand in volunteers if needed at events ... and we are welcome in any one of the clubs at any time,” says Chillin, “Last summer for Maribel’s birthday, Ruby brought her cupcakes and I led the happy birthday song with the K-5th graders in the gym. Those kids had no idea who we were, but because we were dressed in our BGCP shirts, they knew we were family. Ruby shares, “I rely heavily on my spiritual faith to get me through all of life’s challenges. I appreciate my husband who loves me unconditionally and accepts me with all of my flaws. He has influenced my ability to be of service to anyone within reach and constantly uplifts me to be a better person each day. The GG’s provide me with varied perspectives based on their culture, values, and life experiences. I love that with my husband and GG’s, we can even agree to disagree and still respect each other’s opinions because of the admiration and respect we have for each other. I am truly blessed to have family and friends like these in my life.” Photo by Chillin At Disneyland, almost everyone that travels in a group wears similar t-shirts. The GGs grabbed a quick photo of the ‘Sisters With Different Misters’ and their like t-shirts. Oct. 2019 • The Soultown International Magazine • Celebrating 2 years • Connecting Our Cultures to Our Cyber & Conscious Communities • 20