Still surprised

November 8, 2008 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

Last night was the big night. I’d been looking forward to it all week. Three girlfriends and I planned to go to a disco which was having an “Over-30 Party” with music from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

There was only one problem: I just didn’t know what to wear. My girlfriends love to dress up and do make up — the whole bit. That’s just not my thing. I never claimed to be the world’s best dresser. In fact, the tendency is towards the other end. That’s okay. It’s my style. I put on a T-shirt and jeans, then asked my 16-year-old daughter for advice. She not only gave me advice, but she actually insisted that I borrow one of her cute tops. That was really sweet of her.

It turned out to be a fun night, though the music was less rock and more disco than I care for. But we managed to dance, two of them did some harmless flirting, and we all had a nice time. Being the serious, intense person I am, I am also serious about having fun. Therefore, when I go out to dance, that’s all I want to do. So I put my wedding ring on, just for the occasion. Sometimes it’s a good thing to have — for clarity’s sake, though I must say, it was rather uncomfortable. I rarely wear rings.

Anyway, it was a fun night. There’s nothing like girlfriends! And I’m still delighted that my daughter was so nice and helpful. It was one of those moments when a closeness and understanding emerge to warm my heart — sort of a consolation prize for the hassles her adolescence has bestowed upon us. The past few years were quite heavy, and there’s still more to come, but things have calmed down a bit. The image comes to mind of how things start to grow after a forest fire has swept through.

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