It’s lovely to be talking to you again, my dears. Everything has been in such a rush over the past few weeks that I’m starting to forget things. Yes, I know that we can all misplace items, and there can be the odd day where you can duplicate an appointment, but this! Well I think it may be because it’s been in the diary for a long time, and although things can creep up on you, it is very easy to ignore them.
What am I talking about, you may ask? Well dears, I have an event to attend. This is something which I have been looking forward to for a long time, and now the date is nearly here, I’m in a bit of a tizzy about it. The first thing I had to do was to choose a new outfit for myself. Now this wasn’t as easy as it sounds. Gone are the days when, if I were attending this type of event I would wear a dress and matching jacket or possibly a two-piece suit.
This reunion is being held in a popular hotel, which will make it quite a relaxed occasion. So what does one wear? I had been reliably informed that a lightweight trouser suit or jumpsuit would be perfectly acceptable now. However, my dears, I always think that these jump suits must be particularly difficult to negotiate if one needs to visit the powder room! I suppose at least you wouldn’t have the “knickers caught in the back of the skirt” situation – which has happened to me on more than one occasion some years’ ago.
No, given that I am far too old for such frivolous apparel, I have had to consider other options. I rather liked the idea of a maxi skirt, which meant that several different tops could be on standby in case the weather suddenly turned inclement. Yes, I know it’s in a hotel, but I understand that some photos may be taken outside in the grounds – and I don’t intend to look and feel like a drowned rat for the remainder of the day!
Once the decision about my outfit had been taken, then came the thorny issue of shoes. Now, as you are all aware, I don’t travel very well under my own steam, so will probably need low heels or sandals, which may not look very smart. I used to be able to wear “posh” shoes which I popped on when I was in my wheelchair, but now my ankles and feet have swollen considerably, so that won’t be an option.
It has been some considerable time since I attended a reunion, and must admit to feeling a little nervous about it. It’s probably because I will be out of my comfort zone and there will be some other guests who may be unknown to me. That shouldn’t really matter as I am capable of starting a conversation with most people.
I’d really like your opinion my dears. Do you think that a long skirt and a couple of different tops will be appropriate? Do I need to worry about which footwear I choose? Am I just being a silly old woman, and no-one will take any notice of me at all? There will probably be lots of folk there, so I should be able to blend in reasonably well. Do you get a little apprehensive when you are in an unusual situation?
I really didn’t intend to take the whole of this post discussing my invitation to a reunion. Oh well, it’s obviously been bothering me a little more than I had thought. Anyway I would really like your assistance. I did forget to say that one of my dear friends will also be a guest. Yes, Georgie has an invitation and has told me that she has accepted. We will probably travel together which will be nice and perhaps we will be seated together for the meal, so we can have a good chat.
I’m sorry to have rambled on again but you know what it’s like when you get something on your mind and it just stays there – getting bigger and bigger as the days pass and the event comes ever closer. I must go and make another cup of tea before the afternoon disappears and I don’t have anything to show for it. I must also get on with my knitting. I’m part-way through making a shawl for myself, – another item in case the weather is colder than expected. Now it will probably be a heatwave! As Always –
With Love – Jan xx