David was watching a show on Windsor Castle and Her Majesty. It was all about the preparations for a large dinner that she was hosting. It was interesting to see just how many details there were to worry about. Just watching them set the table was amazing. Everything had to be absolutely PERFECT. Even the chairs were lined up at an exact distance from the table. As I was watching this, all I could think of was the contrast between attending a dinner at Windsor Castle and the chance I had to go to a get-together (book club) at Dory's house last night. If I HAD to go to a royal dinner (it's not something I would aspire to do) I would worry about looking right, saying the right things, using the right utensils or glass (and they literally had 5-6 glasses per place setting! More than I've ever seen!) I don't think that I would feel like I could be myself, or that I would feel like a welcome friend.
On the other hand, when I walked into Dory's house she made me feel welcome and at home. It was great to be together with so many of the sisters I love, and some I look forward to getting to know better. Everyone was comfortable and able to speak about whatever came up. There was no formality, no stilted manners, no pomp and circumstance. Just good old-fashioned fun and comraderie. I don't think that Jacques Cherac had a better time with the Queen of England than I did last night!
So, would I trade my night at Dory's for a chance to dine with Her Majesty? Not a chance!! In my mind my sisters ARE royalty- the very best!! What the world values is NOT what is the most important- and you all seem to have internalized that and you show through your actions that true grace comes from loving others, not from having everything perfect.
Needless to say, I'm looking forward to the next book club meeting! (And hoping that invite from the Queen gets lost in the mail!)