Saturday, 21 February 2009
by Mama Monkey
I had a 'book club' meeting with women that I know from being on a preschool board tonight and, let me just say, it is one of the best types of therapy available today. Even with all the medical advances and different treatments they have available, I still think a good 'ol girls' night out does a lady an immeasurable amount of good. I think that we, as women, were created with a part inside of us that craves the company of other, like-minded women.
Our 'book club' meetings have absolutely nothing to do with a book. All it really is is a bunch of us meeting for dinner (and a drink or two for those who desire it) and the chance to chat with other women. Women who might have kids in a similar stage that I do - or maybe have kids older than mine and can offer me advice. Women who I can relax, be myself and laugh with. We aren't an exciting, partying group. We don't get all dressed up. And our time together is generally just a few hours maybe once a month. But we all love it and keep coming back for more.
Admittedly, we often spend a lot of time talking about our kids or families - though we do occasionally veer off those subjects - but that is kind of what we (as a group) are all about at this point in time (and we are all OK with that). We talked about crazy things our kids have done lately and how pregnancies are going (3 of us are currently pregnant and another recently had a baby). But tonight, we also discovered that one of our members had a long term relationship with a relative of another member many years ago - yet neither of them had made the connection until tonight.
Through this group, I have forged friendships that I don't think I would have made otherwise and I have found a group of ladies that I trust and feel I can go to when I need advice. I have found a part of myself that I think I lost back when I had my first child 9 years ago. It is something that I can put no value on and will truly miss if it comes to an end.
Do you have a group - small or big - of women that you are able to get together with on a semi-regular basis for some 'woman' time?