I'm home after dinner with the ladies from the book club I've never had the chance to attend. While sitting there laughing, joking and eating great food, I realized it has been ages since I've enjoyed the company of a group of women with no children around.
It's not just moving from the city to the country to explain this. When I lived in the city it was still hard to get a group of women together for a night out. It was easier to negotiate a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. Married friends with kids had to negotiate child care arrangements with spouses and sitters. Single friends were dating or in the process of finding dates. One on one with a friend was okay but getting a group together could take months and months of phone calls, emails and cancellations.
I was certain this dinner was not going to happen. I waited for the email or the phone call. This afternoon when I saw an email with the subject line: Tonight's dinner, I was convinced it was a last minute cancellation but it was only a reminder.
There was a little conversation about children, none about husbands and some discussion of books. Mostly we laughed and ate heartily (with not one mention of calories). Now I think I'm going to have to do this more often.