I've been away from the Superromance blog for far too long. It's good to be back.
I drove a carful of women to this shower and, on the way, we all wondered why it was that you could bring a bunch of strangers together for a party and they will eventually end up having a great time, but not at a shower. The obvious answer, of course, is that there are few parties where alcohol doesn't ease inhibitions.
But what about brunches? I attended a pancake and sledding party this winter. Well…I went to the pancake part of the party and passed on the sledding part. While it was true that I was on deadline and couldn't commit the entire afternoon to socializing, the larger part of the truth was that I didn't want to risk broken bones at my age. LOL
There wasn't a drop of alcohol served, just loads of excellent coffee and a variety of delicious pancakes and some baked beans. The people came from very different, unrelated social sources—some from the cycling community of my city and some from the swing dance community. The two factions had never met before, but we had a real blast. It was so much fun. There was an age range from early twenties to early sixties, too, but that didn't seem to hold anyone back. It was a truly successful brunch...without alcohol.
Why then is it so hard to have fun at a shower? We attempt to break the ice, we talk to those sitting beside us, those who know each other well might share some laughs, but we never become a cohesive whole. In other words, we try, but we never seem to really have fun, despite the games designed to loosen everyone up.
The young woman who was pregnant received a LOT of gifts, so it took forever for her to open them. By the time the shower ended, I could tell people were ready to leave.
One absolutely wonderful idea, though, redeemed the shower from being only a duty or chore. The organizers had asked that, rather than putting a gift card on each gift, we should add a book, perhaps our favourite book from childhood, or a current children's book we liked.
That generated conversation more than any of our earnest individual attempts to break the ice with those around us. By the end of the shower, the baby had an excellent library! Such a truly wonderful idea.
I would like to give away a copy of my May Superromance, ALWAYS EMILY, to anyone who answers this question today: what was your favourite book when you were a child?
I will announce the winner on the weekend.
Mine was about a ballerina. I remember how I imitated all of the foot positions in the book. I also owned a 45 that I listened to constantly. On any given day, you could see me twirling about the living room pretending to be a ballerina.
I'm looking forward to your responses!