I’ve had a busy week this past week. But I wanted to quickly jot down some thoughts about the women’s retreat I had last week.
It was such an enjoyable time. There were six of us total, and we stayed up in my condo in Midway, Utah. It was really cold up there! There were several feet of snow on the ground, and the snowpiles were even higher. But Midway is a delightful little swiss-styled town, and we had a nice play to stay, so we hunkered down and delighted ourselves with lots of fabulous discussion, good food, a hike outside and even managed to throw in a movie on Saturday night.
My friends included Dianne, Marilyn, Debra, Kate and Robin. I have spent the most time with Dianne, so it was a real treat to get to know Marilyn and Kate better. Debra and Robin are newly found friends, and I am really excited for upcoming memorable times together.
This was a superb group of women, no doubt about it. Very well educated, very well read, very passionate and involved in the things they do. We shared book lists, music tastes, wine tastes, men tastes (including an oft-mentioned passion for the looks of Mitt Romney). We talked about our lives, our loves, our children, our fears, our lessons learned. It was a safe spot, this retreat. Enhanced by chocolate and a warm fireplace for us to throw up our feet and toss our cares.
Little moments I remember most about this retreat:
Waking to Kate’s diet coke can opening every morning. She says her husband calls it his alarm clock. Kate and I live fairly close to one another, but our lives are so busy that we have just gotten little passes and glimpses of each other’s lives. So I was really thrilled to have some extended time to get to know her better and hear her regale stories about her daughters. Kate makes me laugh. I absolutely love her easy approach to all the things that I take so seriously.
Meeting Panther, Robin’s cat, in Robin’s little cottage. And marvelling at the style that is Robin. Very classy, this woman. And amazingly strong. I loved everything about her little cottage. From the gourmet cookware to the stove that she put in herself, to the leather furnishings and the throw on the back of her reading chair up in her study. Robin will be travelling to Senegal and France this summer to do research for her dissertation, and I am increasingly jealous of her freedom to do such a thing.
Dianne, Dianne. This woman has more passion in her little pinkie than most people do in their entire body. I am so touched by her convictions, her thirst for truth, and her energy to share that truth with those she loves. Particularly her children. All will be well, Dianne. Thank you for your continued friendship in my life.
Debra! I’m so glad you could join us! I cannot get out of my mind the image of you and Dianne trying to pull me in a tug of war! 😉 But seriously. I heard what you say. I know where I am at. And I think of your object lesson and was able to put my finger on the part that disturbs me most about letting go. Those on the other end of the rope fall when I am on the other side. I have enormous strength and keep a pretty darned level of tension in the rope. I will try to seek healthy ways to soften that tension so my letting go does not result in the recipient falling flat on their face.
Marilyn! Your son and his music! Extraordinaire! Regardless of the sombre circumstances that have recently befallen your life, I am so happy for you and this opportunity for you to be able to change your life environment to one that helps you flourish.
So here’s to good friends. And their beautiful souls. I was warmly reminded that our journeys may be a little out of the mainstream, but our footwork is so similar. We share the same path, and the similar landscaping. I am so grateful to have been touched by your wonderful, fiery spirits and eagerly look forward to our next retreat. Remember, it’s Debra’s turn to cook next time!