… to the beach.
Happy Thorsday, little friday, thankful thursday and end of the week of silence. I didn’t mean to fall off the face of the earth, but … I warned you it might happen. I don’t even know where to start! Knitting 101 for the League happened last Thursday night. I’m not nearly as comfortable teaching beginners as socks on circs or moebius or dorset buttons, but it *IS* fun to share a passion, isn’t it? One League member is a knitting prodigy. She brought her knitting to book club last night to ask me how to count rows. I love it!!
I also need to follow up with the lefty in the class. The popular answer seems to be … teach her to knit continental. Yes? I need to know… another southpaw friend wants to learn, so I need to get this right.
For those of you here for the canine cuteness, there you go. DIVA requires not one, but TWO pillows upon which to rest her head. (Yes, the alert, loyal reader might recognize that as beach house furniture. We did retreat for a few days!)
It’s also the anniversary of Fred’s birth. Fred was our first basset, if you’re new around here. He’s been gone almost six years, but he’s on my mind today.
So… about Lean In. It was a great inaugural book for the new JLC book club. We are a diverse group, with virtually every phase of membership represented, and we span almost 20 years in our age range. Two members are moms, and some members are single. And we all signed up knowing Lean In would be our first read.
I think most of them liked it more than I did. Honestly, I skimmed more than I read. Oh, there were passages I highlighted (worth discussing: I won’t dog-ear a paper book, much less write in it, but I have no trouble highlighting and tagging pages when reading electronically), sections I re-read, but all in all… meh.
I do agree with Ms. Sandberg that young women should lean in and lean in hard, until they have to make decisions. It’s great advice; don’t get so busy planning your life that you forget to live it. I don’t know that one can REALLY decide whether she wants to be a stay at home mom or not until she gets there. I have too many friends who were sure their careers would carry on, until they held that little bundle and knew nothing else was as important as being a full-time, hands-on mom. Likewise, one of the best moms I know (now a grandmother) quickly realized that she was a better mom, wife, friend… woman when she found great childcare and returned to work. It’s a HIGHLY personal choice!
While reading, I had the feeling Ms. Sandberg was judging me, and wouldn’t think much of my choice to quit blazing trails for female firefighters. I am sure I am where I am supposed to be right now, even though my career definitely has almost nothing to do with defining me. I am told I am a good friend, a good leader, and I enjoy being surrounded by brilliant, strong women who are making a difference in our community.
We’re reading Tough Cookies next. Why yes, there *IS* a women in leadership theme here. Awesome, no?
I’m so thankful for all of the strong women in my life, but this morning, I’m really grateful for this new book club. I’m not the only goober who actually enjoys reading motivational books. I’m also thankful that there’s talk of a League “knitting” group or some sort of craft and chat group forming. Again, I’m not the only one…
What common ground are you thankful for today?