We never know who is going to show up when a lunch is announced. Sometimes there are only a few of us and other times, well we take over numerous tables. The one guarantee is that there will be plenty of tales and lots of laughter.
So many of the group have become good friends, encouraging each other when times are tough, prodding each other to keep putting one foot in front of the other and providing a reality check that the world isn't going to hell in a handbasket.
Our experiences are vastly different as are our opinions, politics and religions. Somehow though, those things really don't matter when friends gather to eat and enjoy the company of others. What does matter is that we care for each other whether locally or long distance.
If you get a chance, please join us. I know that you'll find an eclectic group gathered to share a meal and laughter.