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Friday, April 07, 2006

a wonderful evening with unlikely friends

Last night I spent the evening with three ladies from work, all older, for a Pride and Prejudice Party. I had a wonderful time!

Our hostess, Sharman, is a mother of four and grandmother of six. Put perfectly by her daughter, Sharman "likes to make things nice for people." And she does. Our dinner was served on her nicest dinnerware, with Easter napkin holders and an Easter centerpiece. It wasn't a fancy meal, but simply...nice.

Another member of our party, Debbie, is a 48 year-old, newly diagnosed cancer patient. She just found out she has uteran cancer and is going in for her second surgery in about a month. After that she'll know if she'll have to undergo chemotherapy treatments. While not scared of cancer, she is dreadfully scared of losing her hair. She loves her family and takes much joy in doting on her neices and nephews.

I am not as familiar with the third member of our party, Penny. She's also an older, unmarried woman. She was jolly and pleasant, always laughing and smiling.

And then me, by far the youngest of the group. These women are my mother's age. I was relieved when we each had plenty in common and plenty to talk about. In fact, it was one of the most enjoyable evenings I've had in a while. I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice (I'm talking about the most recent release) so much better with these light-hearted ladies. It was so fun to take some time to watch a whimsical romance with giggling, gushing ladies.

One of the best parts of the evening? When Sharman's husband washed all of the dishes for her, without being asked, while we watched the movie. When we commented on how sweet of him it was, she said, "He is the best. It doesn't get any better than this." I believe her.

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