Women’s events can be a bit, too, well, weird! Like you have to dress fashionably, think and feel the same things as everyone else, have lots of fancy little touches, and call each other “ladies.” Not that such things are so terrible; please don't be offended. But they are not my cup of tea.
Women from my church in WA are more independent and down-to-earth that that, so I thought this retreat would be safer and more comfortable for me.
“I know what you mean,” my new acquaintance said immediately. “My husband and I moved from [upscale community in another state] to [local rural community] a year ago, and I don’t think I’ve bought any new clothes since!”