My family is nothing if not socially efficient.
We usually take our own cars to events, in case we need to leave.
We sit at tables with our backs to the wall, in the event we need to fight our way out. (just kidding…maybe…)
And all of my life, my father was the perfect guest. He did not dally. He left when he needed to.
This afternoon at 5:00 pm we (my husband and I, one of our daughters, my brother, and my father)were at Luby’s (his choice) in McAllen to celebrate his 88th birthday.
We were there about 30 minutes.
In route he opened his gift (another efficient use of time) and thanked me for the millionth long
sleeve shirt I have given him in my lifetime.
His short comment of, “Sister, you always give me the prettiest shirts,” will forever be etched on my heart.
So the point is it doesn’t have to be complicated.
It doesn’t have to take hours and hours.
We all ordered what we wanted, and we laughed. Boy did we laugh.
Having said that, I can now say that sometimes it DOES need to be complicated.
When most days you opt for what is simple, you’ll know when to complicate things.
And that will be worth it too.