Thank You For Being a Friend with Kerri Carpenter

“Everything you need to know in life you can learn from The Golden Girls.”

That’s the opening line in my romantic comedy, Her Super-Secret Rebound Boyfriend. The main character in this book, Lola, along with her BFF, truly believe that The Golden Girls hold all the answers to life’s problems.

Anyone from my generation agrees. After all, we grew up watching The Golden Girls with our grandmothers on Saturday nights. All these years later, I still think about those episodes and all of the amazing wisdom from Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia.

Here are the top 5 things I’ve learned from The Golden Girls:

Everyone needs a lanai

From left to right: Estelle Getty, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Betty White in The Golden Girls

At the age of nine when I was originally watching this show with my Nunnie, I didn’t really know what a lanai was. Many decades later, I still don’t. But I don’t care. It sounds much fancier than patio, deck, or outdoor space, so I’m going with it. Whether you’re doing something out of the ordinary, or just having a normal day around the house, throw on a tiara, give yourself a mani, put on some lipstick, or do whatever makes you feel special. Because everyone should bring their inner fancy out.

Sexuality doesn’t have an age limit

Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur in The Golden Girls

Blanche (my favorite) knew what was up. Young or old, big or small, experienced or not, sexuality is all about confidence. When you’re having a shy moment, just think like Blanche, throw on a silk robe and furry high heels, push your head back, and strut. You are hot!

You are never too old to take advice from mom

Estelle Getty and Bea Arthur in The Golden Girls

Look at Dorothy and Sophia. Except for that one trip to Shady Pines, Dorothy always got advice from her ma. Just when I think I know it all, or I’m doing just fine, something happens and the first person I call is…my mom. Although, I never mention Shady Pines.

Always blow your own vertubenflugen

Betty White in The Golden Girls
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Rose, as usual, was onto something. Vertubenflugen may not be used outside of St. Olaf, but there’s something similar we say in today’s vernacular. Don’t dull your inner sparkle. That’s right. You are amazing. Always remember where you’re from, who you are, and let your inner vertubenflugen sparkle for the world to see.

Cheesecake makes everything better

From left to right: Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur, and Betty White in The Golden Girls

I mean, Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia ate countless cheesecakes while discussing their problems in the middle of the night. And only thirty minutes or less later their problems were solved. That sounds like the ultimate super food to me. Hence, always keep a cheesecake around.


A bonus lesson from the Golden Girls:

From the top, moving clockwise: Rue McClanahan, Betty White, Estelle Getty, and Bea Arthur in The Golden Girls

Picture it, an e-reader, 2022, Her Super-Secret Rebound Boyfriend by award-winning author Kerri Carpenter. As Sophia would say, “make sure you get Kerri Carpenter’s book while it’s on sale this week!”

Oh, you didn’t see that episode? Trust me. She said it. (Wink)And for those that purchase Her Super-Secret Rebound Boyfriend, thank you for being a friend!

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About the Author Kerri Carpenter Kerri Carpenter began writing in her grandmother's kitchen at the age of seven in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. A life-long fan of reading, she got lost in the worlds of The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. She also assumed that everyone had characters and plots forming in their heads at all times. Once she turned to romance novels, she couldn't get enough of books with happy endings, so she started writing her own. Now, Kerri writes contemporary romances, usually set in small towns. She enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, taking Zumba classes, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams, and anything sparkly. Kerri lives in Northern Virginia with her adorable (and mischievous) poodle mix, Harry.

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