In Sarah Jane’s shoes: Keeping Up The Chatter

The notion of “power brunch Sunday” creates an image of early rising millennials making their way to a post workout networking breakfast already loaded on caffeine and prepared to fill up on nutritious super foods before selling their work and abilities to other breakfast goers. On Sunday November 20th, Ellie hosted an alternative “power brunch” in which six women came together on a sluggish wintery afternoon, maneuvering the stalled trains to indulge in hearty egg casserole, fresh fruit, bottomless OJ, oiled mozzarella cheese and nutty banana bread. And of course there were cupcakes. Let there always be cupcakes.

At the table was an event manager, a financial planner ( and she didn’t ask me for that plug!), college student, social worker, librarian and a manager at an INGO. Considering the multiplicity of backgrounds we came from, we could have discussed our careers all afternoon but the conversation divulged into Trump, Thanksgiving plans and dating. Each of us received support from our colleagues and classmates post the elections and could commiserate in the glumness of the previous few weeks. Seconds were served as we discussed plans for turkey-day and how far each of us would be traveling for the holiday. Tea was served to make up for the brisk weather outside. Dessert is never served without the mentioning of full stomachs but the cupcakes were enjoyed.

We shared similar opinions on New York City, although we experience it differently.  New York is demanding and social life can catch up with us. Together we could slow down the New York minute, even if only for a few hours. Despite enjoying my busy, media filled, urban lifestyle, my main reflection was how much I crave social interaction. In New York it is easy to go to school and finish the day, alone, on my own sofa. With every brunch, we kill the stereotype that millennials don’t know how to talk to each other! I noticed that very few of us were on our phones, which translated as having comfort in the intimate space we created together. It was hard to leave the comfort of Ellie’s apartment and brave the poor weekend-service subways but we had appointments to make or cleaning at home to do. Thankfully there is another brunch coming up soon and I can anticipate the hot apple cider being served to ring in the holiday season. Ellie, we are looking forward to it.

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