What is a posse? Webster’s dictionary has two definitions:1. A group of person deputized by a sheriff to aid in law inforcement, and 2. A search party.
For a more colorful definition I consulted urbandictionary.com and found the following: “Your homies, your peeps, the gang of friends you hang out with that make you powerful.” However, as we are now women of a certain age, this definition suits us best:
The faithful band of friends whom you call during times of merriment, crisis, boredom or adventure.
If you don’t have a posse, you need to get one in short order. Notable posse activity in my life include
• An emergency summons to a friend’s kitchen to hear her tell of the break-up of her marriage. Tears of outrage and sadness, pledges of support abounded.
• A “blow-up the grapefruit” party for my impending mastectomies. Yes, you read it right…..although grapefruit was a stretch of the truth.
• Ringing in my 50th in a big way, without overlooking my daughter’s birthday which is on the same day.
In November 2011, my father passed away from Parkinson’s Disease. My mother, my cousin and I were with him when he breathed his last. We were in a state of shock, and after saying our good-bye’s, departed his room at the nursing home.
Standing against the wall outside the room, it struck me that we were similar to the three women at Jesus’s tomb, waiting dumbstruck with grief. Mary Magdalene was surrounded by her posse of Mary, mother of James, and Salome. Imagine the support Mary and Solame gave Mary Magdalene as she made her discovery of Jesus’s resurrection. Talk about a serious round of heavy lifting for that posse!
March 30, 2013