Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

HAWMC Day #19: 5 Dinner Guests. Who are 5 people you’d love to have dinner with (living or deceased) and why?

This question… It’s a tough one. Dinner is just one meal, so you want to make it people who will count and folks who you won’t waste time on establishing a relationship with, unless you think it’ll carry over into other future meals.

Three of the seats are obvious to me: My deceased grandparents. I just know that Grandpa Baroff and Adam would get along like old friends, and I have so many questions about the afterlife and their perspectives on living life, now that they’re in a different place that I think Grandma and Grandpa would answer for me. Then there are questions about being a homemaker and a mother and things I never learned from them but wanted to that I would ask both Grandma and Grammy about.

I think I’d also like to invite Grandma Topor – Adam’s Mom’s mom, who lived with him while he was growing up. I’d like to meet her and get to know her at least a little.

It’s become increasingly obvious to me that the fifth seat would belong to Poppy, who is still alive and kicking in Memphis. I’m sure he’d be happy to see all of these people again too, and me and Adam. I miss Poppy a lot, but I don’t have much to report to him on, which is why I don’t call him like I probably ought to. I feel like he’s so much more active than me that my non-career-having self is probably a disappointment to him. I love him a lot though, and I love to hear his stories about how he’s in his mid-nineties and still is kicking around a college campus, learning from and teaching 20-somethings a thing or two about life.

There are plenty of Tables of 5 that I could construct for other purposes though — family is just always on my mind nowadays.

I remember a time when I was at Berklee where the answer would have been (without pausing for a BREATH): Madonna, Prince, Britney, Fiona Apple, & Tori Amos – And Prince would only have been there because I would have wanted at least one guy at the table who could play guitar. 🙂 And I would have wanted to bug all of them for how they became famous and how I could follow in their footsteps.

It’s funny how our values change. I used to want fame. Now all I want is peace and happiness for myself and the people I love.

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