Our little group continues to meet every Thursday. Sometimes it has been only two of us, sometimes more. What started out as a group of seven was reduced to four. One friend was not able to continue meeting because of work obligations. Then our wonderful and terribly missed friend Mariangela returned to Italy. She does continue to “visit” with us practically every week via Skype, and that’s a blessing.
Undoubtedly, though, the most difficult challenge we have faced as a group was the sudden loss of our friend Luchita last August. Her death certainly hit us hard. So much so, I have not been able to post anything about our time together these past few months. The truth is mourning takes time.
Even before Luchita passed we had been discussing the need to invite a couple more people into our seemingly shrinking circle. With her death, however, we found we needed some time (to mourn) before doing so. As we begin to heal, we have found it is time to open up to others, so two new friends are now making there way into our hearts and into our circle. Yesterday all the places around our table were taken once more. Here are the newcomers to our circle: Jacqui on the left, and María del Carmen on the right.
Hmmm… as usual, this group seems to do more eating than sewing! The occasion: celebrating Bachita’s birthday. She refuses to tell us how old she is and I guess she’s right about that. Age is in the mind.
A bubbly, noisy gathering. Which included an hour long conversation with Mariangela. And our friend Luchita’s chatelaine hangs from one of my shelves, as a reminder of our friend’s gentle spirit.
Using my kids’ expression to describe this particular group… the locas (crazies) are back! 🙂