Did I get your attention with that title? I bet I did. Just like I unknowingly got the attention of my co-panelist at the conference last weekend by being an unschooler. It's humbling to offend people with your very existence. But that's another story for another time.
I recently had the opportunity to retreat with my favorite grrrl friends again. Actually, it's not so much that I had the opportunity, it's that I made the opportunity. We learned several years ago that if we want some grrrl bonding time, we have to take it. And take it again. And keep taking it. And eventually, our husbands who wonder "but what do you DO the whole time?" grow to expect rather than dread it, and our kids who wonder "you're going again?" grow accustomed to occasional breaks too. It helps that I've coached them on how best to utilize the time I'm away; namely, by road-tripping it to St. Louis, eating lots of junk food straight from the bags, and burping and passing gas and being loud and obnoxious for long periods of time. I figure they can get it out of their systems while I'm not around and then we're all more likely to cohabitate easily until the need for grrrl-time builds up in me again and the need for willy-nilly off-gassing builds up in them again. (No pun intended.)
As usual, our altar was absolutely perfect. The altar is one of the things I tend to forget about until I arrive, only occasionally remembering a special something to add. But the other grrrls have it covered, as you can see. It was just so lovely.
And there's always the labyrinth... our marriage stories and prayer flags took a long time so we walked the grounds less than usual, but the labyrinth is always one of my favorite things to do. I've been ruminating on how to build one in my yard for some time now - any suggestions on getting donated materials? - and I just can't get enough of this outdoor labyrinth.
I am so very blessed to have these amazing grrrls in my life!