Another Chai and Chat time happened this past weekend – what a glorious group of women, amazing conversation and delicious lunch! Everyone was reminded that drinking chai was not mandatory so coffee and herbal teas were enjoyed as well! The idea behind Chai and Chat is that any and all women are encouraged to join in. This is not a special group that only includes certain women but not others. Everyone – younger and older – is warmly welcomed and every time we meet, new friendships are born.
Initial discussion is based on a book that is chosen three months ahead and on Saturday, we conversed about The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.
A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past. Goodreads
I would like to send Vanessa Diffenbaugh a bouquet of Bellflower (Campanula) . . . Gratitude, Gladiolus (Gladiolus) . . . You pierce my heart and Peppermint (Menthe) . . . Warmth of feeling for writing this enchanting and brilliant book that kept our group’s attention to the last page and stoked our imaginations for a few afternoon hours. Our group of ten had no trouble filling four hours with charming chat. No question about it – when women get together, such a sacred time of belonging and becoming occurs.
Women are inherently relational. They naturally respond to other women. So, what happened to the days when older and younger women regularly met to work, play and pray together? I get it – our lives are busy and our days are full – but we’re missing out on the unique opportunity to do life together. Diane Lindstrom, Sisters in the Son
Drink tea. Read books. Share ideas. Laugh and play. Let loose. Be ourselves.
Being with these women just makes me smile – inside and out.
Looking forward to April!