Last year about this time I wrote the post, Friends and Time, in which I talked about a summer retreat that I went on in Tennessee each July with some of my college friends. Well, I didn’t make it this year because of some critical work items that I had to get done. In fact, four of us didn’t make it this year, meaning that only four of us were present.
I really hated to miss the trip but I didn’t see anyway around it. As a show of good faith and love, I sent my sisters autographed copies of Up Pops the Devil. Yes, I admit it, I was trying to soften the blow of my bad news. Though disappointed, my sisters were gracious.
Do you know what those wonderful women did? They called me tonight and said they were ready for Book Club meeting. They each had read Up Pops the Devil and wanted to discuss it with me. Can you believe that? What a loving thing for them to do.
I wasn’t home when they called and when I called back they didn’t answer. They were watching Kung Fu Panda, a movie I’m sure I would have vetoed had I been there. But I digress.
I called back a bit later and we had a great conversation about the book and our host’s new home. Our book talk just reinforced how the book is mere tool, just as I am. As I listened to the insights they got from the book, many times I thought to myself “I wish I had thought of that when I was writing the story.” They found symbolism and meaning in what I had written that I hadn’t even seen myself. All I could say was, “Go on, God.”
I’m sorry that I missed our retreat but I’m blessed to have those women in my life. I pray I’ll be there next year. I can’t wait to see my friend’s new house. She designed it herself and from the description they gave me, it’s perfect for her and for our retreats.
I cherish my relationship with those women. I’d love to hear about the special friendships in your life.
UPDATE: I didn’t know when I made this post, but August 1 is National Girlfriends Day. (Thanks, Marilynn!) In celebration of my girlfriends and yours, I want to share this poem that I found on the Redhatters website.
Happy National Girlfriends Day!