Every party, every gathering of two or more people gives us the chance to be the observer who is entertained by the 'stars' or an opportunity to 'star' at the event. I don't know about you, but I have most certainly done both.
Given the choice of those two things, I would normally choose the 'star' roll because to be honest, I like attention. Might even be called an attention whore. I love to host parties because that in itself can sort of make me a 'star'. At least everyone who attends will greet me, thank me, probably spend some time during the party talking with me and of course, will be certain to tell me good-bye when they leave. I am pretty much guaranteed of some attention and if the group is a lively one, I may prefer to watch and be entertained. If they are just sit around and talkers, I may then feel the necessity to be the entertainer. I'm pretty comfortable being either.
A friend and I were out of town with our husbands for a week-end of softball. They were umpiring and she and I were shopping, getting haircuts and making friends. She is very outgoing and much like me, will start a conversation with most anyone we run across. That being said, it's quite easy to understand how we sort of took over the salon while we (without appointments) waiting for our haircuts. We sat in the waiting area of this lovely small town, privately owned salon and offered our services as consultants to all the waiting clients. We just had a ball. I think (remember here that I was a hairdresser at this time) helped them out quite well and saved the hairdressers some time they normally might have spent consulting! We didn't even charge them for our service.
After getting our hairs cut, very nicely, I might add, the salon owner invited us to a wedding reception being held that very evening in a local restaurant. How nice was that? Well, we declined but were very flattered by the invite. She told us we would add some flare that she was pretty sure this reception could use. We all laughed and made a few jokes about such get togethers and my friend and I were on our way out and off to do some shopping.
In the first store, a clothing store, we started messing around with the clerk who was trying to help us out. She was a riot. Had a lot of great style ideas, if we had been 20 instead of 40+, but that just added to our fodder and the jokes continued. We made a few purchases and as we were leaving, the clerk invited us to her house that evening for a party she was hosting for her son's high school graduation. Yep a graduation party!
I would say I was the co-star that entire week-end. My friend Ann and I have been known to bring down more than one house in laughter over the years and that week-end was no different.
Our husbands were not at all surprised when we told them we had some invitations for the evening, but they just wanted to go to dinner and have a couple drinks.
At the restaurant that night we were still laughing and the men were kind of doubting some of our story. That made us laugh even more. Out of nowhere one of the stylists from the salon comes over to us and says, "I can't believe you guys aren't coming back to the reception! You're here, you may as well come back and party with us. Why buy drinks out here when you could come back and drink on Mary's credit card?"
The guys just started looking at each other, shaking their heads and then, well, cracking up! No more doubts about who might be exaggerating and no more doubts about exactly how sociable their wives were.
Life is so much more fun when you just go around making new friends wherever you go. Don't you agree?
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