The first time I met Melanie three years ago, she answered a silly call that I put out to a crowd full of women to figure out how to fold a program that none of us could seem to figure out. I said whoever folded it the best would win a prize. Melanie made it into some origami genius.
Clearly she won the prize.
Then when I saw her later the next day, I mistook her for some girl who had gotten irritated at me for who knows what and I apologized and she looked at me confused and said something to the effect of “NO…I like you. Rememeber me, I’m origami girl.”
But somehow despite my weirdness and her weirdness…or maybe because of it, she and I got to be friends. Mel calls it a “momlationship”…I just call it something I’m thankful for.
So when she met an agent at Allume and then signed to write a book with Zondervan, naturally I have been all high-fivey and “GO MEL!” and “three cheers for momlationships that change our lives.” And when she sent me a copy of full sized sheets basically glued together in her manuscript, I was pretty over the moon excited to keep cheering and holding her hand in this SUPREMELY exciting space in her life! Because that’s what friends do…we cheer for one another.
I read her book on the way to sealing the deal for my own…and I teared up and felt understood and even snort laughed on the plane and tried to still seem cool while I was sitting there reading a giant version of a book with cake pops taking bites out of one another on the front.
I tell you about books from time to time around here, but what I want you to know about the books that I share with you is that I’m not just sharing books with you…I’m sharing friends. And Melanie Dale is a kindred friend I met through hilarious circumstances years ago and hope I get to keep her forever. I think when you read “Women Are Scary,” you’ll feel the same way.
Here’s what I officially said about her book:
“I found a kindred spirit in the pages of Melanie Dale’s, Women are Scary. She’s clever and funny and makes me feel more normal in all of the things that I’m certain probably make me weird. She reminds us that making new friends can be hard, feel scary, but is also one of the most rewarding steps onto a limb we’ll ever take. I laughed and cried and laughed some more…and then felt thankful that God gives us community and friendship to walk along this crazy road we call life.”
It’s true….you’ll love it and her too! And Mel is right when she says, “Maybe small talk isn’t really small. When mamas who shape the future start sharing and laughing…isn’t that world changing?” I mean who’da thought that origami would be the beginning of a friendship that has impacted both of our lives?!
“Women Are Scary” releases this Tuesday March 24! Make sure you snag a copy and join us all as we wade through the scary and find relationships that change our lives! “We aren’t just dating moms to help pass the time while our kids are little. We do life together, so that when life gets hard, we have support.” – Melanie Dale