Yesterday was National French Bread Day! French bread is yeast-raised bread made of dough containing water and distinguished by its thick, well-browned crust, usually made in long, slender, tapered loaves. And almost everybody loves it. How best to celebrate French bread than to have a girl’s night out?
Really, I jest about the reason for the celebration. It really was National French Bread Day but that wasn’t the reason for the gathering. We got together to celebrate one of our friends birthdays. For our una noche con las chicas we gathered at a little local restaurant for margaritas and tacos. Tame by comparison of big city Norte Americano girl’s night out. Here in the burg we don’t have the opportunity for all the “stuff” themed night outs like pole dancing lessons, bowling, or driving around town in a limousine drinking champagne or even just see a movie. No, our celebrations consists of pot lucks, games nights or an evening at a local restaurant or someone’s home.
Our una noche con las chicas is how we women in the burg get together to exchange ideas and stories (what’s said at girls night stays at girls night). So far there’s been no dancing on the bar just a lot of laughter and storytelling. The burg is a wonderful little community full of folkloric culture, helping your neighbor, and good hard-working people. It’s not a place for anyone who craves the night life and constant socializing but a good una noche con chicas is how women stay sane. Anyone is invited and there are changing faces as people come and go.
We all care about our spouses and most of us enjoy spending time with them but there are times, especially when most of us are together 24/7 that we want to get away from each other. This is a time when we talk about anything and everything and last night’s event was no exception. We all agreed that the topic of conversation was verboten to be repeated but we had a hoot discovering some interesting things about each other. I can say there were plenty of margaritas and a lot of laughter and it was a beautiful night to be outside in the fresh air.
The last time we got together at a friend’s house we played the game Apples to Apples. There was much confusion after we all settled down with assembled plates full of the wonderful food that each of us had brought. Our amiga that brought the game wasn’t sure what the rules were and there was laughter as she got more anxious the less she could remember; after playing the game two weeks straight with her family. No worries, we eventually figured it out and it was a great evening. What I enjoyed most was that we were a somewhat diverse group; we ranged in age from late 20′s to mid-50′s, some spoke only English, one spoke only Spanish, one spoke Italian and Spanish, but we all managed with much laughter and joking. One of us was from Columbia, one from Italy, two of us from Canada and the rest from the United States. One was a new mother (the same young woman whose shower I previously posted about) enjoying a night out without the baby.
The group last night was a different group from the last time and I’m sure next time we get together there will be different faces again. We’ve agreed that the only rule will be that we try to get together at least once a month. Our una noche con las chicas are safe places for us to let loose, to catch up and to vent. It’s a good time for all of us to get know each other a little better, to find our common ground and to promise to do it again soon. After all next month we must celebrate April 2. It’s National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day.