Thursday, August 05, 2004
Our first mistake was believing the old formula that if you send out 80 invitations (especially in the summer when a lot of people are away) about half will accept. Either everybody we know is too poor to go away or we have suddenly become America's Sweathearts, because we had about an 85 to 90% acceptance and many are bringing the expected spouse, partner, boyfriend, etc. A few are double dipping. You remember our friend R., the hot Catholic priest with the hot date? He emailed us today asking if he could bring his hot FB as well. As it turned out, we had already invited the FB on our own (we're no fools) but we got a good laugh out of the whole situation. After which, Fritz called the caterer and told him there'd be about ten more for hot and cold hors d'oevres.
This morning we got together with a friend to clean up the Friends (Quaker) Meeting House which is the site of the first part of the celebration. I'm not religious but I have come to enjoy going to Quaker Meeting with Fritz.
The Quakers have a long history of inclusion and were the first denomination in the U.S. to give full recognition and welcome to gays and lesbians. There's no dogma, no clergy and one can, in fact, be an athiest
and still be a Quaker. Meeting is held on the first and third Sundays of the month and is a silent meeting, involving an hour of meditation followed by light refreshment and talk. Ideally, the mind is emptied completely of any willful thought for the entire hour. I can't quite manage that yet, if indeed I ever can, and I told Fritz honestly one day on our way home that I often used the quiet hour to work out design problems I was experiencing. He said that was just fine.