Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Bossing Around

A certain serendipity happens when people come together, people who have taken the next step in this Blogging world.  It helps when you have a certain sort of Bossy inspiration.  

We began as six strands on a tiny little thread, gingerly webbed together through a cyber sort of version of Kevin Bacon's 6 Degrees of Separation.  As the night went on, drinks were served, food was consumed, and guards let down, one could feel the thread gaining strength.

A lovely quilt hung behind us, one I kept meaning to ask our hostess Katydidnot of its origin.  As I reflect on the evening I can't help but see these kinds of friendships as little squares pieced carefully together on our own human quilt.  

Once the cameras were put away and shoes were kicked off,  the connection grew square by square.  A sudden glance through the picture window may have displayed a group of women bound by years of friendship.   Although we are not bound by time, circumstance brought together some inspiring honest talk.

We missed our friends who had pathetic excuses couldn't make it and hope to keep the network going.  

Bossy left me inspired with ideas of a personal litmus test.  I know I will reflect on this as days and years go by.

Katydidnot may not know how deeply her own story has touched me.  I'm loving her thoughts on knowing it all.  "I don't know, I don't know, I don't know.  So wait, until you do know."  Who says we have to know it all.  Right.  Now.  Oh, darn-it.

I don't think it was necessarily the margaritas.  I suppose there's something about being on a couch with the best listeners a woman could hope for that gets you to spill.  I suppose I did some of that, um, yup.

Aaryn joined in some spilling.  The kind that makes you respect a woman, her story, and her journey ahead.  Her infectious story-telling is probably the way she greets everyone, although I like to think she made it extra punchy for us.

Jenn might just be the best little kitchen person I've ever been privileged to share a meal with, all while lending expertise and showing the shiny side of things with a capital H (wink).  

Deb has that quiet strength, the kind that nods and leans at all the right parts, then spits out a piece of power hiding within.  

I suppose by the night's end, when glasses were gathered, purses were found, and sleeping beauties lie in adjacent rooms, I drove away feeling grateful for human connections.  The wispy thread that brought us together earned some tensile strength.  I hope this thread continues to grow, to wrap, and to connect these women and others.

We came together for Bossy.  Dare I say, we'll stay together for the journey.  And just as a hand-made quilt, there's always room for more squares.

17 comments:

aaryn b. said...

A really lovely post. I think you nailed the evening and each of us so very well. Hang tough. The answers will be clear enough when you're ready for them.

debawriter said...

THAT was beautiful.
And true.
Remember: day by day. I'm right there with you.

Deb
sandiegomomma.com

katydidnot said...

i still don't know much. you will when you do. so fun last night. love the idea of a glimpse through the front window.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Wink indeed. I'm already mentally planning our next meeting. I totally heart all of you.

Cheri said...

what a lovely post and lovely photo quilt you made

i'm so sad i could not go

pain is worse but drugs are worser than pain ;-)

i really am down to one hand

gosh

miss you and your posts

be back online soon

Amy said...

How poetic this is!

Happy Days said...

Wonderful post! It looks like you had so much fun!

CC said...

Wish we all could have joined you!

Wendi said...

Sounds like a great evening.
I am really enjoying your blog.

Misty said...

Yes... a lovely post....

But still not fair......

(sniff)

(wink)

Kellan said...

What a fun time - you guys are so lucky to have been able to do this. I'm so jealous. Take care - Kellan

tommie said...

what a great post. It looks like you all had an amazing evening.

Love the mosiac!

OHmommy said...

Beautiful.

How fun. I am so envious. I hope Bossy makes it here. I need to email her. :)

Lisa said...

How fun is that?! Lucky you :)

Trish said...

I am sorry. I was one with a legitimately, lame excuse (your own mom *sigh*) but I am loving your passion for blogging and writing and I have always loved your passion for your friends and everything else.

Keep it up!

Mom

LaskiGal said...

What an awesome post! Jamie--you have such a beautiful way with words--you captured the time you shared so perfectly.

Unfortunately, it just adds to my overwhelming envy . . . but yet I couldn't be more happier for you all!

Angela said...

sounds lovely
The quilt is never finished