Sunday, May 11, 2008

What happens when it's hard to make friends

You spend your Saturday night with about 30 adults 60 years and older. There was one lady who was younger; she was in her mid-40s/early 50s...much closer to our age.

Ben and I decided to help with and participate in a progressive dinner through our church. Neither of us have ever done this before, so we thought it would be fun times. It was quite fun, I will admit. As fun as it gets when the two of us at 25 years old drastically lowered the approximate average age of the group from 69 to 60. Appetizers, a little awkward. Dinner, fun. Dessert, nostalgic.

How many people can honestly say that they've "hung with the homies" from church drinking boxed wine out of plastic wine glasses with your name on it that you took with you so as not to use more than one glass per person? It's even better when you factor in trying to juggle the aforementioned plastic wine glass with a paper plate of food while trying to speak loudly and clearly enough (I swear that every time I see some of these elderly church goers that I have to re-introduce myself...personally, I just don't remember most of their names and don't ask and re-ask but pretend like I remember) to speak above the dull noise of everyone so that my conversation partner's hearing aid can pick up what I say.

May I be as funny when I am that age. We do have some humorous old people at our church.

"Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place." -Abigail Van Buren

(Ben and I were definitely the young grapes of that bunch. Can I just refer to older people as having fermented longer???)


sarahesperanza said...

I actually *have* drunk boxed wine out of plastic cups with people from my church... but my church is rather fantastic in that way-- sounds like yours is too! (some time we should sit around and talk about the boxed-wine perks of not going to brethren churches) By the way, lovin' the profile pict. :)

JEM Truly Outrageous said...

aren't you worried about some of these church goers reading this and being offended?
I also am loving your profile pictures. it is beautiful!

The Erudite Lit-ite said...

Sarah is trying to mug for any and all who might read my comments so that others know that she is the gorgeous photographer. Seeing as how I *know* the model, I didn't think that Sarah would mind if I borrowed her handy work. Plus whenever I see that picture, I get warm, sandy feelings...kind of like when the choir did a gorgeous version of Pachabel's Canon in D in church yesterday.
Fortunately, the church goers are not so much computer literate; this was a topic of discussion at supper! :-)