Thursday, October 17, 2013
Setting the Table
Four mothers and four daughters plus one friend from college got together for an impromptu dinner last weekend when some of our girls were home for fall break. These are the girls who have been a tight soul cluster since kindergarten and first grade, and their mothers who may have met through our children but have since forged our own independent friendships. The meal was nothing very fancy, we just ordered in Chinese food and our host poured good wine for the moms and the over 21-year-olds. But as simple as the gathering was, I was still mind-blown when we went around the table asking each of the young women their favorite classes of the semester and why. The answers: Playwriting, Adolescent Development, Finance, Soil Science, Inequality in American Education. And the discussion that attended each of these answers made my friend and fellow mom Susan, who was sitting next to me, lean in and whisper, "My God, when did our girls become such socially conscious intellectuals?" Predictably, all of the moms took lots of pictures with our iPhones as our girls ignored us, but for some reason, I particularly love this picture of my friend Janice setting the table. It's strikes me as a good metaphor for where we all are at this juncture in our lives, or perhaps at every juncture.