Several months ago, my friend and I decided to form our own book club. We read a book, get together and discuss it. We started doing it because I really wanted to discuss a book that I had read. The topic was rather edgy and I needed to bounce my thoughts off someone else. My best friends in high school were all avid readers, but they either no longer live close or are insanely busy, so I don't get the same chance to discuss books with them on a regular basis. We do however still raid each other's libraries. :) Yay for friends who read voraciously! :)
After several weeks of trying to get together, we finally made it. We met at a local coffee shop after my kids were in bed. I had a lovely London Fog latte( Earl Grey tea steeped in steamed milk with vanilla) and she had hot chocolate. We had both finished the book about a month ago, so it took us awhile to remember the details. In case you're wondering, we read "A Good House" by Bonnie Burnard. It was interesting. I enjoyed it, although the jumps in time really threw me.
One of the things I love best about my book club is that not only do we discuss books, we discuss life. I had a great conversation with her about just about everything. At some point I shared about our recent struggles with Aris and she had some great wise words for me. I really value my friendships with women with older children. They are able to reassure me that I will survive this stage in my life. There are days when I wonder. We chatted about all sorts of things, serious and silly. I came away feeling better, feeling not quite so alone. Other people, ones that I really look up to and respect, feel this way too. It will be okay. I am not alone!
Today went so much better than yesterday. Thank you so much to those who prayed! This morning went so well that I knew someone had to have been praying, but I didn't know who. Then a friend messaged me to say that she had been praying. I have a lot more peace about the situation, especially after talking with my friend tonight. I know this phase may take awhile, but we will be okay. Aris asked to go on a date with Steve tonight, so they went to the mall for dinner. They had a fabulous time. My hope has been restored. She will be okay. Eventually. :)