Friday, June 23, 2006

The Final Chapter

It's funny that after all the countless words I've read in the seven years I've been in Book Group, words can completely fail me when I sit down to write about this wonderful group of women.

For me, Book Group has always been more about my friends in Group and the sharing than the book. As they can attest, I often didn't get around to reading the book. (Ahem!) It didn't matter though because in the end the words we shared carried more weight than a library full of books ever could.

Seven years. I haven't done anything consistently with a group for seven years. I've admitted commitment hasn't been my strongest attribute but with Book Group, it was easy to commit. I have always known that within that circle of remarkable, wise women, I could be whomever I was at that present moment- weepy, silly, gregarious or a wallflower, depressed or flamboyant. They've seen me at my worst and my best. They have always encouraged me time and again to see myself as they see me- which is a beautiful gift, to look around a room of women you admire and respect and see that feeling reflected back to you. No judgment. No expectation. Just love.

Last night as we gathered at M.'s house with sushi and sake and stories to honor the end of an era, I smiled through my tears because I know that they are always with me and that gives me great comfort. In a large part, I am here at this crossroads making this leap of faith because of their encouragement and friendship. For that and for all the joyful memories, I am so deeply grateful.

So deeply grateful.

8 comments:

sue said...

Okay, now I've gone from sniffling to downright bawling. Damn, you Sizzle and your lovely friends. {{{hugs}}}

JustRun said...

How lovely that you'll always have those friends and the stories that made you such a good group.

Rosie said...

I am loving your homages to fabulous people....so great ;)

~Rosie

Bob Merrick said...

you can still read what they are reading and be on conference calls when they meet! :-)

alissa said...

I definitely think there is more to a book club than the books you read. It's all about relationships and I'm jealous! I've wanted to be in a book club for years, alas, not many of my friends here in Michigan read. You are blessed Sizz!

Melissa said...

You have the most compelling relationships. It is such a testament to who you are.

snackiepoo said...

I keep continuing to read your posts and am touched that you have the time to say goodbye to your dear friends and spend time wtih them before moving. You are a good person, and it shows!

Gary said...

I think you will be great in Seattle. Much of life is about relationships, and you are obviously good at those.