“Taking a trip to France this summer,” Tricia beamed. “These are the most beautiful dishes I’ve ever seen,” Gracie squealed. As often happens, we each went around sharing updates on our lives. I thought you might like a set.” Dana’s heart lit up like a Christmas tree. First thing she did was set out the plates on the wobbly table in her small apartment."Our drive for union is part of our species, as it is for almost all mammals.

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Got me thinking back to a time a few years back when my best lady friends were gathered around a dining room table celebrating my birthday. The cheating spouse who managed to break her heart and finances. “The house, the 401K, the boat,” I was willing to let all of it go,” she shared. “Dana,” she said in her Southern drawl, “They have the most beautiful set of Spode Christmas China for a really great price. It was April by the time that China made its way from Tennessee to Dana to Gracie.

“Henry got the Christmas China.” “Henry,” we knew was Gracie’s soon-to-be ex-husband. Apparently, this is a big thing to a lot of folks come holiday time. Fast forward a few months, my friend, Dana, who was also at that party, but knows Gracie only casually through me, got a call from her mother who was working her way around an antique store in a small Tennessee town.

And nothing, by that, I mean nothing, makes a better “Thank you,” gift than a dozen fresh eggs.

The chicken math adds up to about an egg every other day from each lady. Sometimes less, depending on their mood, luck, time of the year, the stock market.

We are drawn, irresistibly, to one another." It may take some work to open yourself up again to love, but romance can show up in places you never imagined, and feelings can develop unexpectedly.

"The one thing that comes up again and again are love stories in which the people involved found love unexpectedly," says Schwartz.

I shared the story of the Christmas China the other day with a friend who is suffering a new loss.