We are still the original 6, plus one wonderful recent addition, and I couldn't be happier about seeing everyone each month. I often come to book club feeling a bit bedraggled, and I almost always leave feeling relaxed and uplifted after spending time with these women. I suspect that we're not too different from other book clubs in that we talk about the book for less time than we talk about other topics. Kids always come up, of course, as well as husbands, and parenting. We cover other serious topics and light topics (Edward or Jacob?) in between, but to me, it's less about the subject matter than it is about connecting with six other women, supporting each other and receiving support, giving and receiving positive female energy.
I feel so blessed to have our book club, or more appropriately the women in it, in my life. Two months ago we read a story about friendship, The Girls from Ames. What I enjoyed most about this story of friendship was how it continually reminded me how lucky I am to have so many amazing women friends in my life...and how I need and want to nurture these relationships even more in times when it gets harder to do so. I have friends from family connections, from elementary school, from junior high and high school, from college, from graduate school, from Australia, from my professional life, and now from motherhood. The friendships are different in many ways, but in the end, they are all girlfriends, and girlfriends are the best.