Dinner guests:

Having discussed this latest suggestion with my beloved, we threw ideas about:

‘Why not invite Beethoven?’ Chris suggests.

‘Well, he doesn’t speak English for starters, and he’s blind; he won’t be able to see the paintings being discussed.’

‘If we invite Einstein, he’d be able to interpret. Wait a minute, Beethoven’s deaf, not blind.’

‘I just feel being with such icons would create awkwardness.’

‘I’d like to invite Beethoven, Mozart, Einstein, Bonnard, Braque, John Le Care, Shakespeare, Gerard Manly Hopkins…’ Chris enthused.

‘Hey, they’re all men!’

‘Well, who do you think might make a good dinner guest, if you could choose anyone.’

‘What about Jane Austin?’

‘Maybe asking people from different times would create some difficulties?’

‘Yes, and the differences in palates would be great. Tastes have changed.’

‘Choosing English speakers would help for easier conversation, maybe?’

‘Yes, I think it might be better to ask living friends. What about Andy and Janet, Max and Judy? You know we always find their conversation stimulating. At least they are on the same wavelength! We’d feel comfortable, without the added stress of not knowing what to cook.’

‘Agreed. Their interest in politics, art and writing is always refreshing. ’

‘Whew! The stress of entertaining the famous is beyond me these days. I don’t need any sleepless nights. Let’s stick with those we know and love!’

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  3. ChristineR

    Loved this Barbara. I was also saying “Wait a minute, Beethoven’s deaf, not blind.” even as I got to your correction. Apparently, it is suspected he had otosclerosis – the fusing of ear bones – so I was told when it happened to me. I never go into these ‘dinner guest’ type challenges because I would be too overwhelmed to participate. I’d just be the waitress delivering the food and drink to the table. 😀

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  4. hilarycustancegreen

    Eek, I’m struggling to devise a lunch menu for 6-7 of us this Saturday, all new guests. I’d have a clutch of famous tenors (Bergonzi, Domingo, Carerras, Villazon) … I’ve ground to a halt because my other guests are incompatible. I’d want Stevie Smith, Mary Renault, Mary Oliver and Marie Curie or perhaps Rosamund Franklin and they’d have nothing in common so the food would have to be brilliant. Of course they would all of them be used to socialising… I’d better stop fantasising.

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  5. Martha Kennedy

    I thought Beethoven was deaf… It reminds me of a party I had in the early 1980s to which I had invited friends and some of my international students, a few of whom were Arabs. The Arabs came dressed in their national clothes. One of my friends — a very passionate Jewish woman — refused to sit down with my Arab students. She never learned that, among other things, they were Christian. I think after that I have only had half a dozen dinner parties.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Yes Martha, you’re right! Rushing doesn’t help writing these things! Have fixed up the blind to deaf!!
      Imagining your dinner party… it doesn’t always work mixing people with diverse backgrounds, but it’s so exciting to see people interacting and finding they do have things in common, if only they let themselves relax and enjoy it.

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  6. Carol Ann

    I have always kept a list of interesting people and brilliant conversationalists…you have a few of mine on your list. it is a good topic for conversations. Our gourmet group of ten to sixteen were excellent company and I learned so much during those wonderful years. We had three true oenophiles who did written reports on every wine we drank. I learned much appreciation for the differences…both wine and people. Thanks for that memory.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      You must be quite a hostess Carol Ann, or did you meet in restaurants? Such a good idea to share excellent company, not to mention the food and wine!

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  7. avian101

    interesting post Barbara, just imagine putting all those egos together never mind their talents! Very interesting my dear. 🙂

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  8. hullygullytime

    Did you mean to write Beethoven in the second sentence? He was deaf, not blind. I just wanted to let you know in case it was an accident. Anyway, I liked your take on the post. And you mentioned some awesome people. 🙂

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  9. bkpyett Post author

    Thanks Maggie for these thoughts. The thought of mixing the famous makes me very anxious. Smaller numbers suit me these days, unless it is family! Then let the chaos reign!! 🙂

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  10. Maggie Wilson

    This reminds me of the time I hosted a housewarming party when I moved. My friends at that time came from such diverse backgrounds, I was enormously anxious about how they’d all get along. Many had never met face-to-face before. It worked out fine, but I was glad when it ended. Then again, maybe it was just me. Large gatherings, you know. [shudder]

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