The Missing Something Club

JUST OUT OF COLLEGE, MIDDLE AGED OR LONG SINCE RETIRED. PHYSICALLY BEAUTIFUL OR PHYSICALLY INVISIBLE. NO ONE IS EXEMPT FROM TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHERE THEY FIT IN THIS WORLD.

Kate was an aging baby boomer fully entrenched in mid-life crisis.  Educated, literary, kids off to college and beyond, newly divorced, and no longer affluent.  Suddenly isolated after a lifetime of steadfastly playing a role that wasn’t her.

So she posted an invite on a social networking website to find others who were also missing something out of life.  Five strangers responded, and they began to gather each week at a bar in Harvard Square.  The Missing Something Club is their unusual story.  An eighty-two year old MIT engineer who projected the number of days that remained in his life.  The incredibly beautiful and confused mother of three young children who could not escape the guilt of having misled an unsuspecting husband she wasn’t certain she ever loved.  A young man (boy), who, as a result of too many unfortunate events in his young life, lived to meaninglessly hook up with women he hardly knew.  A likeable, overweight woman who yearned for her first real relationship but had little concept for how to attract or interact with men.  A wallflower with a mail order bride with whom he couldn’t communicate.  And Kate, trying to figure out who she should be in her life’s next chapter.

Emboldened by their unfamiliarity, too much alcohol, and indescribable nude portrait sessions by their elderly sage, they contemplated relationships, sex, love, parenting, and mortality.  Eventually they shared the secrets of their confused lives and attempted to play therapist for one another.  Their collective evolution was both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

It was the most incredible experience of her life.

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