Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The Party in My Mind

The place where I live in my mind is what they call “homey,” but elegant. It’s not Martha Stewart. That would be too flat, too cold. Sunlight comes in through the windows to shine on the berries on the dining room table. The table is wood, round, and real. So are the people who come to visit are real too.

The walls are rich, soft colors that would draw my friend, Garnet, in. Gold I think to play off the deep red glow of his heart and the music on the stereo would let Betty whirl be her charm. The trees out the window invite all kinds of wildlife so that Kelley and Doug would join them. Rain would come shortly thereafter in her quiet way. And Mark would chuckle in right after her.

Everyone would finally meet Marti. Marti would meet Lori with Zilla and Cheryl who’d be by the fireplace listening to Crosby, Stills, and Nash. All of us would be pretending we’re in the movie, “The Big Chill,” and we’d turn and look when Scot came in carrying his unused snowshoes and laughing. (His cat would be close behind, looking for one purple crayon to play with.)

Next thing you’d know the T-three would arrive—Trace, Trée and Toadman—just in time for tea and tall tales. They’d be the ones telling them. At first we’d be surprised, then we’d know.

This is how friends act when let loose in my mind. Liz of Singapore is thinking she’s glad she doesn’t have to live in my head.

But don’t forget that it’s not a party. It’s just having friends over.

Parties put too much pressure on everyone.
—me strauss Letting me be


dog1net said...

"It’s just having friends over." And what a wonderful circle of friends indeed. It is always good to have a place to come out of the cold from, and to be among such company is an honor indeed.

ME Strauss said...

Thank you, Scot.
I'm sorry you didn't get a chance to use those snowshoes yet.


mergrl said...

a gathering of friends, no parties, no pressures, just the warmth of friendship, what a splendid gathering, thanks for including me (hugs)

hope all is well in your world my friend1

ME Strauss said...

Hello mergrl,
How could I have a gathering of friends and not include you. We need you for our version of "The Big Chill." Otherwise there would be the three-Ts now would there?


Trée said...

Thanks for the invite Liz. Looks like an interesting gathering. :-)

ME Strauss said...

Hi Trée,
It WAS a most interesting gathering, and you had the most wonderful stories to tell. Thank you for coming. I had fun writing about it. It was a great party to put on paper. I could see the whole thing.

garnet david said...

Hi Liz- I finally noticed this link. Technorati has been on the blink for awhile, plus I've been out of touch.

What a sweet and happy party that would be!! I'll bring the wine.

be well, dearest l


ME Strauss said...

Hi David,
No worries. I wrote this for the fun of imagining the party. It was fun to picture all of us together. You bring that wine when you come over.