|Azalene, Karlene, Terri and Barb|
As we were discussing book after book, it came out that we needed to formalize a book club. We started with a name, BBL, and our first book and set a date. And, for fifteen years, continued to meet to discuss a book a month of various genres and interests. I know that this book club made me a better reader.
Karlene, whom I am sure is a Blue by Kolbe, organized the sheets that follow of all the books we have read since 1998. Many of these books became foundational, meaning, we told new members to read these since we refer back to them often.
Since moving to St. Charles has made going to book club a little difficult, our first trip back was to the 15th anniversary celebration at Karlene's home. It was a perfect summer feast of grilled hot dogs, Lutz's homemade potato chips, Sue's baked beans, a wonderful salad and deviled eggs. Karlene made hot fudge sundaes with her homemade fudge topping. After eating, we discussed the book, I am Forbidden and enjoyed every minute of it!
As we left, I felt sad at what we had given up by leaving Jefferson City. Friends with a lifelong commitment to learning, who love you no matter what, and who are happy for you even if you move 100 miles away. I know that St. Charles will someday feel the same.