M's husband is away on for a week so she suggested she and I and MJ meet for lunch at a local cafe. I don't do this often. The cliche of "ladies lunching" has never been a part of my life. The restaurant is airy and the food is a bit more imaginative than ordinary diner food. Few people were there and they chose tables separated from others.
We know each other from the adult ed group so talked about the recent film series and related matters. Then the talk turned to books and movies. I believe we could have stayed for two weeks sharing our information about what we've seen recently, read, authors we know something about, what we hope to read and so on and on and on. Because it was a slow Monday we were in no way taking up space needed by other customers; and because the other customers were across the room we didn't disturb them or they us. It was an ideal situation. We were not in a hurry to go home; we had delicious lunches and more than enough coffee and tea. Such a break in the routine was really delightful. This is what many think their "retirement" years will be like. We are all so involved in teaching, taking courses, our home life and grandchilren, and our other interests, this was a rare little midwinter break.
The mid-70s are a surprise! Part of me remains in the 50s -- age, I mean, not decade of 20th century. It's a joy ride, new experiences land in my lap and I've become a better quilter, poet, writer than I expected. It's a rich life for a person never rich financially. Hey, this is what the mid-70s are like!