For some events, I'd go through hell and high water to get there. Today was one of them. My friend Kathy's son celebrated his bar mitzvah in New Jersey this morning and our book club friends went through winds and high water -- my umbrella was sacrificed in the two block walk to meet the group -- to get to New Jersey and join the celebration.
I first met Kathy in 1985 when we worked together. We've stayed in touch ever since, through her bridal shower, wedding, the birth of her two children and the last fourteen years we've seen each other every month in our book club. I wouldn't be a member of my book club without Kathy, who asked me to join. When she extended the invitation me I was going through an especially busy time and I initially said I didn't have time. I remember her looking at me and asking if I couldn't find one night a month to talk about books. She was right and I found one night a month to not only talk about books, but to make some dear friends, without whom my life would be infinitely poorer.
Lemon meringue cupcakes -- my favorite
The bar mitzvah was wonderful. Ethan, K's son, did a great job chanting prayers and giving his thoughts on the portion he read. Great company, a terrific meal and a fun band. K and her husband made the desserts and what treats! I took a few photos to share how pretty the desserts looked -- and they tasted just as yummy.
It was a day definitely worth the trek through high water. So glad I could be there and so glad to share the day with all of you.