We’ve all heard and, maybe sometimes used, the stereotype, “ladies who lunch.”
The phrase conjures up a certain type of person. However, I’ve lunched with many different groups of women and, believe me, the ONLY commonality is eating lunch. Such fodder for thought and for story lines… I should do it more often! 🙂
This past week I had lunch with a group of women I taught with for many years. Most of us were in different departments but we shared enough values we became more than colleagues but also friends. I haven’t seen these women for a few months, some even longer but the group was large that day.
The conversation around the table was so interesting because each of them have been exploring new areas of their creativity and personhood. The seeds of that exploration may have been planted much earlier for some. For others, their interests were sublimated to the rigor of work and raising families. A few discovered their interest and talent in an area has just emerged.
Within our group that day we had swimmers, golfers, a painter, a singer, a writer, a photographer, a jewelry maker. All use their experience and their free time to make the world around them more interesting and lovely. They do so much more than lunch.
They are traveling far and wide and reading just as extensively. Some garden. Most exercise to keep their bodies as fit as possible. They are an invigorating, dynamic group. These women slaughter that opening stereotype with a smile.
And a bonus? Well, the three sitting around me offered several suggestions for plots for future books. Brainstorming at lunch anyone?