My Neighbor, Wilma Flinstone, knows me well. She gave me this little change purse as a Christmas present. Has anyone else out there overdosed on volunteer work?
For me it was the sixth grade silent auction (to raise money for an end of the year camping trip) that sent me over the edge. Knowing this is, I assume, why inside the change purse was a compact miror featuring a very glamorous babe posing in front of a high rise hotel. "I love not camping," she says.
We are a bunko group. We began years ago when things like fund-raising and PTA meetings brought us together. Some of us met in school, some through exercise classes or neighborhood watch meetings. We are sisters, in-laws, business associates, teachers, consultants. We are friends. We make each other laugh. We make each other cry. But above all else, we make each other know we are not in this alone. Photo from Christmas Bunko, December, 2008. Tucson, AZ.
Even if you don't belong to a bunko group, you may have heard of this dice game played by MILLIONS of American women each month. It's no secret that this game is so simple that the only brain requirement is you know how to count to 21. The main physical requirement is that you know how to roll dice.
What may be a secret, however, is that women who belong to bunko groups don't go to the monthly gatherings just to play the game. The main reason they go is to connect with the women in their group. Anyone looking for a way to get through the challenges of daily life will benefit by sharing stories (and rolling dice) with friends. Learning you're not alone is the most valuable gift women can give to one another.
Michele VanOrt Cozzens is
the author of I’m Living Your Dream Life:
The Story of a Northwoods Resort Owner, The
Things I Wish I’d Said, A Line Between friends, It’s Not Your Mother’s Bridge Club. (McKenna Publishing Group). Irish Twins is her third novel and was released on August 15, 2010. She is a
former newspaper columnist and, along with her husband and two daughters, is
the owner/operator of Sandy Point Resort and Disc Golf Ranch in northern
Wisconsin, where they spend their summers. The remaining nine months are spent
in Tucson, Arizona, where their daughters attend school. She is the co-founder
of the non-profit organization HerBeware, which is dedicated to educating the
public about the potential dangers of unregulated herbs found in dietary
supplements. Profits from book sales have gone to this cause and to Breast