I receive about 15 members in a day or two. One, by the name of Shannon. Shannon is a woman in her thirties, single and worked as a nanny for a young child. Seems nice enough, right?
Shannon misses the first meeting. She sends an email (like a novel) explaining her absence and asks for the title of the book and promises to make the next meeting. I reluctantly agree, as I am sensing "crazy" written all over her email. Plus, she signs everything "Warmly, Shannon" and that makes my skin crawl.
So, meeting number 2 rolls around and goes well. Shannon is a bit chatty and my intuition is telling me that drama may ensue, but I just drink some more Merlot and laugh it off.
For the second book, I choose "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert. I send an email out to the girls on an interesting interview I found. No spoilers that would ruin the book, just some food for thought and some background on the author.
Here is the email I get back from Shannon (yes I have saved all of them for comedic relief, or as proof that this all happened):
Maybe we could wait until ALL of us have read or finished the book before giving out info about the book and giving the story away....lmao!! Just a thought Tiffany!:)))
Okay, how is this lmao (laughing my ass off)? You basically just called me(the HEAD of MY book club) out to the whole group and asked me not to spoil the book that you haven't gotten off your butt to read. You think adding "lmao" and those stupid smiley faces is going to make you seem less passive aggressive? NOT.
So now I am pissed. She has cc'd the entire book club and now it's my turn (picking fights, remember?). So I respond with this:
Shannon, I am not sure what you mean. The only thing I reference is David and he is in the first few pages with no real consequence to the story. Everything else can be found by reading the back of the book. And, I feel as not only a member of the club, but the organizer, that it's my responsibility to provoke thought and ask questions about the literature. With so many of us in the club, it's difficult to get too in depth at meetings. I often find that people who are interested in the discourse respond, those who aren't don't.
In other words.. take big step back *^&%!!!!
She did. Sending an apology that she sees my point and blah, blah, blah. I feel confident that's last I'll hear from her. I've put her in her place, and now she will play nice.
Was I ever wrong.
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