I talk a lot about friendship here at Flying with the Phoenix because without friendship, life would be very lonely. Friends help us heal, they teach us, and they nurture us.
As life flows, friendships have a tendency to move on. Patricia Sands has taken a look at the friendships that last in her book The Bridge Club. This work of fiction, based on her real life friendships that has spanned 40 years. The eight women in this novel have survived life’s challenges and despite the fact they only meet once a month have supported one another in ways even their families can’t comprehend.
Life can hand us a lot of lemons, yet it’s the support of honest and loyal friends that really make the day. For not one, but eight friends to accept the differences in one another and honor the individuality is a miracle.
Some would say that Patricia has painted an unrealistic picture. I’d tend to agree, except having gotten to know Patricia in Kristen Lamb’s class Blogging for Branding, I can tell you she herself is genuine when she describes her real life Bridge Club. I know the possibility for these friendships is real.
I related right away with the first character in The Bridge Club, a woman who took some time to find herself and ended up at sea on a sailboat. This sabbatical from her circle of friends might have changed the dynamics of the group, but somehow they found a way to include Cass in each months get together despite separation and at the time, a real struggle in forms of long distance communication.
As each chapter progresses you are introduced to these unique women who live life despite their individual struggles through the support and friendship of a club which gets together to play cards. The card game is the glue that brings them together, but it’s the friendship that binds them to meet the final struggle they must all face when one woman makes a choice that needs the ultimate support.
If you have or have experienced friendships that can span decades, you’ll want to get a copy of The Bridge Club for yourself. You can order it here.
This week I have the honor of sharing my time with Patricia and her blog Everyone Has a Story. I encourage to you visit her site and get to know a truly remarkable woman who has done it all. Patricia has graciously offered a free copy of her book to one of my readers. So leave a comment on my blog and at the end of the week I will draw a name from the hat.
Do you have a story of friendship that has spanned the decades? What one activity binds you to friends you’ve had for a lifetime?