It had been Brenda’s idea to read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and it was certainly a change from the usual book club selections. The book tells the story of a brilliant 6-year-old boy nicknamed Ender who is chosen to attend an elite battle school in space in hopes that he will eventually help save Earth from an alien invasion. It’s not your typical sci-fi – much more psychological thriller than action-adventure – and I enjoyed it, but it didn’t float everyone’s boat and had a rather bizarre ending. Ulla wasn’t a big fan, and I felt sorry for her having to slog through it!
The women brought Heather and I a couple of gifts since this was our final gathering (I don’t think I’ve mentioned that Heather is moving at the end of the month to Koblenz with her husband, who got a job with a Mercedes supplier). Debbie presented Heather with three bottles of fancy sparkling cider, and, since Debbie didn’t know until today that I was pregnant, I got three bottles of Kessler champagne! That was fine with me, since we plan to bring some German alcoholic beverages home with us. Heather and I also each received a copy of the Schwäbisch cookbook, signed by all of the members of the book club. I laughed when I saw it because it was one of the first things I bought for myself when I moved to