Friday, October 22, 2010
Some already knew but I was startled with the news. I watched L as she smiled and joked with everyone, her mood positive with life, and I began to relax despite myself. The margaritas and wine were flowing, the ambiance was joyous, female voices rose in song with the tunes coming from the stereo, and all was still well with the world. L's mood set the tone of the night and I was all too willing to follow. As I continued to watch, L led the group, now sitting or reclining on the assorted chairs and the hollowed-out old sofa, drinks in hand, in singing some old songs everyone seemed to know. Soon, the joyous voices were spent, and the conversation turned to mutual stories, each one more humorous than the last. Filled with liquid spirits and much joviality, the smiles and tear-stained cheeks in copious amounts left us all gasping with mirth. It had been years since I had experienced so much fun with such a wonderful group of women.