Friday, March 21, 2008

Getting a Break from the 'Burbs

I was in the Pacific Northwest one weekend this month for a women’s retreat, and confided in someone I met there that I am a bit hesitant to attend such things…

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!”

2 comments:

Paul Merrill said...

I have never been to one of those women's retreats & never plan to go...

Marti said...

That's probably a wise decision, Paul. But I found this one inoffensive enough.

What about 'men's ministry' events, aren't they weird enough in their own way, as well?

I suppose anything that divides the world into two kinds of people - my kind and the other kind - and presumes to describe what we're like / what they're like, is going to have all kinds of exceptions.