Does doing something two years in a row make it a tradition? Tonight, for the second Christmas in a row, our reading group read through the script of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.”
Here’s director LaNeal looking over the assigned parts with our hostess, Lisa, as we gather for our dinner. Yes, our reading group shares a meal together each month before we discuss our book. Makes you want to join, doesn’t it? (I’ll let you sit in for me when we’re discussing books the likes of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces.)
LaNeal’s a school teacher. Need I say more?
After dinner we enjoyed our long-standing traditional book exchange. The rules are the same as white-elephant. I lucked out with a high number and could steal again—and keep—The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Have you read it?
Reading glasses propped on our noses and scripts in hand, we dig into our roles.
Mrs. Pollifax wasn’t given a part, so he chilled out in the other room. (Yes, Mrs. Pollifax is a male cat, but people who name their female dog Mr. Darcy don’t have much room to wonder about that.)
We hadn’t anticipated the changes in the adaptation,
but fully enjoyed them nonetheless.
I don’t expect you to find this interesting, but I’m including this picture just because I want to remember the high finance that followed the reading. Settling up with our hosts for the books combined with egg purchases (thanks to their prolific chickens) made for a few exciting money-exchanging minutes. Yea, I s’pose you had to be there.