They have shared a weekend in Boston, MA, with dinner, a show, and shopping a couple of times. They have made a trip to Portsmouth, NH, for dinner and mall/outlet shopping as well. Janice, a seasoned traveler is the "meeting planner." She picks the hotel, and plans the itinerary.
I happened to hear this year the destination would be Portsmouth again, and since that is only about 35 or 40 minutes from my house, I called Gail, one of the "pentarchy," and asked if I might join them for a few minutes to get a photo, and some blog fodder. She agreed to conference with the rest of the group and would call me with a time and place.
The five were gracious enough to invite me to joint them at their hotel for breakfast Sunday morning for chat and photos.
Front row, left to right: Carol and Debbie. Back row, left to right: Diane, Gail, and Janice.
They are a diverse group: Two work in the medical field--Carol is a nurse, Diane is a laboratory technician; Gail is an elementary school teacher; Debbie works in the field of accounting; Janice straddles the medical and accounting fields by working in the accounting department at a hospital, in addition to working part-time at the airport on Nantucket (hence, the travel savvy). I have to say I'm not sure of their ages, but I would guess that they range somewhere between early 40s and early 50s. Two are single, three are married. Three have children.
As we ate and chatted, it was obvious to me that they have a wonderful camaraderie. They laughed easily and often as they shared a little of their lives with me and asked me about my family. I found myself envying their determination to keep the family bond intact. I have cousins I haven't seen since my mother's funeral, 26 years ago, and most of my cousins live in the same state I do. We have completely lost touch. It's a shame.
In the end, these lovely ladies picked up my tab for breakfast. I consider it "hush money," to keep me from disclosing any dark secrets about them! (After all, I remember them all when they were in diapers!) I wasn't allowed to leave until I'd had my photo taken with them: