Once a month, rain or shine, a group of ten women convene over food, drinks, and a game. It’s the Poker Gals. At last night’s gathering we celebrated our three year anniversary. In order for one of to miss out on the first Thursday of the month, we have to have a really, really good reason. It’s just one event that is too much fun – and too important to us as women – to consider missing.

I’ve never been a part of any other ladies poker group, so I’m not sure if they are all as wonderful as mine, but if they are … then, WOW.

The nine other women that make up my group are all unique from one another – but we just click. We have different interests, many of us are at different places in our lives, we have different circles of friends. We include a writer, a social worker, a window sales person (who tells us she sells “sunshine”! – I just love that!), a project manager, an auditor, an accountant, a convention services manager, a teacher, and a human resource manager. Seven of us are married. One is engaged. Three of us are mothers. Two of us are trying to conceive.

First and foremost, our monthly gathering is about catching up with one another. I see most of these women only at Poker Night – and special occasions – but mostly just at Poker Night. From the moment we walk in the door of whom ever is hosting that month, the laughter and chatter start and it doesn’t slow down until the clock strikes 10:00pm and we all head home. We always play at least one hand of poker … but we rarely make it past four or five hands because the conversation just gets too engaging and for some reason we can’t play poker and talk at the same time!

What I love most about this group of women is that – even though I’m not incredibly close to any of them – I can talk with them about anything. ANYTHING. Our topics of conversation are all over the board, but are never dull. To give you an idea, here are the topics that came up just last night – each one dissected and analyzed in detail:

  • Wedding planning (the engaged gal is NEWLY engaged, so it HAD to be discussed)
  • Farting in public
  • Care of our bikini area. Wax or no wax? Laser hair removal? Brazilian? How much do we have to shave and trim, and how often? How hairy are we, really?
  • Do Amy’s boobs look fake? She actually showed us so we could discuss.
  • Why is it so difficult to shave your knees? Does anyone know a fool proof method?
  • Our experiences with Psychic Readings
  • When one of our parents remarries after the death of their spouse

I adore these women and am so blessed to have them in my life. They are like a breath of fresh air. I hope they are each in my life, for at least once a month, for many years to come. I will do whatever I can to make sure our group stays in tact. You can bet on that.