What I love most about book group is not actually the books we read. Most of the books are not books I would have chosen to read at all, and while sometimes that's okay and they turn out to be worth it; that's not always the case. It's not the discussions about the books either, though I like those a lot, especially when there are majorly mixed feelings about the book or in the cases where most of us hated it, since those discussions are the most animated.
It's the friendships with the like-minded people that I love most. Book people. Intelligent, reading thinkers. Friendly people who like to socialize, talk about something else besides the weather and their children. People who enjoy with gusto the refreshments you have to offer (pearl tomatoes with mozzarella and fresh basil, brie and crackers, apple crumble cake with vanilla sauce, dark-chocolate-covered Canadian cranberries, herb-crusted sausage, fresh green and red seedless grapes).
People who you only get to see once every 6 weeks or so, the most of whom I don't have any other real social contact with, but whom I consider kindred in a very real way.
I have lots of groups of friends, some of which overlap. I have my old friends from high school, most of whom I have little contact with, but with whom I nonetheless share a unbreakable bond. I have my old friends from college, and the girlfriends from the Chicago days. I have relatives that I consider friends, even! I have friends from the AWC and friends from my husband's circle of old friends and friends through work and choir and that whole wild far-flung group of you, my internet pals.
I am so damn lucky to have so many friends. Though it's true, you're all a little bit cooler because of me.
Or, no wait, it's the other way around. :)
Brightly Lit Blow-em-Out Birthday Wishes to reebert (Belated) and kissekat!
To My Dear Reé: What I wish for you is time for healing, time for learning to love yourself, time for new beginnings and little pots of spring seedlings. I wish for you closeness with someone special, beautiful things to surround yourself with, words to spring from lips and mind that make you tingle and shiver with joy, and above all a veritable plethora of days to continue building this friendship in. Thank you for your friendship. Happy birthday from me to you.