I know that some people don't get on with others, but I am only going to be 40 once, and it seems to be a threshold in one's life that is worth a little extra celebrating. With that in mind, I invited everyone whom I would like to share in the celebration with me.
I have had two messages today from people asking if specific other people are expected. One group, on being told that the objects of their questioning will be at the party, said that was OK, and they just wanted to know, but they will still be there. Thank goodness for that!
However, I am not sure that the second questioner will come now that I have replied in the affirmative to the request....
I had long chats with the lovely UJ before I started all this, concerning the wisdom of getting this disjointed family of mine all in one place. He is like me and has no quarrel with any of them. They disagree amongst themselves! He and I hoped that people would come for MY sake, and be able to put their differences aside for an afternoon.
I have decided to not get upset about this, because I could so easily, but to let it go. Those who want to be at the party will share the celebration with me, and the rest won't. Perhaps if they are going to be uncomfortable, it will be better for them to stay away.
I think we should have a virtual party in spirit here, as there are some lovely people in the blogsphere who I would have loved to invite but you are all such a distance away!
The other slight party pooper is the organist - he was coming on Wednesday to have a look at the organ at the chapel and he didn't turn up! I got an email Thursday morning to say he had arrived at 7.15pm, more than half an hour after the arranged time, by which time the FH had given up waiting and come home. We are going to try again this Wednesday...