I was kicked out of book club so I'm going to blog about it
Apparently, I just repeat the same mistakes. I never learned how to be part of the “in” crowd in high school. Don’t get me wrong – I wasn’t unpopular in high school. But I wasn’t “in” either. Well, I was for a little bit. But then I got kicked out of the group – being bluntly told by the ringleader that I couldn’t be in the group because those girls didn’t do that (and that's a different post).
And now I’ve been kicked out of my book club, despite the fact that I was a founding member of the club 8 years ago or so. Although these women were not as blunt as the high school it girls, having just dropped me from the email list. But I figured it out after not being included for the last two meetings. Not an email invitation. Nothin.
My sin? Apparently, because I can formally commit to attend a minimum of 6 of the 11 meetings per year, I can’t be included in the book club.
So I’ve been kicked out.
Everybody has book clubs – from Oprah to our small book club. Our book club started small and we’ve grown. We started with a core group of women from our voluntary homeowner’s association. All of the relatively “in” women in our local area participate in this book club, but certain individuals have always wanted to get the roster on the small side. So, since that beginning, only a few new members joined. But those new members, they are a bit more, well, shall we say, regimented than most of the founding members. Lists and sign up sheets and annual parties and more. Which is great, but some of the founding members got involved before children, and haven’t had the time to be quite as involved since having children.
So, the first of several skirmishes came over book selections. Although I did not participate in the discussions, the shrill tone of those email exchanges did not bode well. One or two of the old guard members dropped out, citing hectic schedules, the demands of parenthood, work, doctoral dissertations, etc. However, I think that these members dropped out because of the ridiculous nature of the skirmishes over book selections.Continued on the next page