The Think Write Thursday topic for this week is to plan a dinner party, inviting 3 people, living or dead.
I have to say, even though this topic was created by Kat and I, this was tough! Not tough because of the concept but tough because it was very hard to narrow it down to just 3 people. I considered so many different options! Famous people that are alive, famous people that are dead, family members that are dead, friends who live far away, family members who live far away … and on and on and on. At one point I really thought I’d write about the dead family option and started planning the dinner with my mom and dad and brother as guests. And then I thought, nope. My mom would criticize my cooking and my dad would criticize my brother and everyone would be upset and have indigestion. I ultimately rejected anyone I already know, living or dead, because I can predict how that dinner party would go and – good or bad – I think something unpredictable would be more fun.
Enough beating around the bush, here’s my guest list for my dinner party President Obama, Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. What a night that would be, huh? I figure the Obamas are going to have some free time on their hands pretty soon and Oprah, well, she’s not taping a daily show anymore so they all ought to be available. (Plus, meeting Oprah has been on my bucket list fo-ev-er.) We would talk about politics and Chicago and education, about racism and civil rights and health care and all that big stuff. We’d talk about books and movies and music and it would be amazing. There would, no doubt, be things we didn’t agree on (hello, single payer) but it would be okay because, as the President said in his farewell speech Tuesday night, if you’re arguing with someone on the internet try talking with them in real life instead. Real life face-to-face conversations are always the best kind and I know the conversations at my dinner party would be fantastic.
I’d make it a casual affair because I figure the Obamas have had quite enough of those state dinners. Honestly, I’d probably recruit my friend Sean to do the cooking because he’s an incredible cook and he makes fabulous ribs and grilled chicken. (He’d also kill me if I didn’t make sure he got to hang with these people.) Dale would ply President Obama with local craft beers and Oprah and Michelle and I would drink some good red wine and there would be pie for dessert. It would most definitely be a night to remember.
If only, right?
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