Today I've got to attend the party held in honor of the birth of my brother-in-law's son. I hate these kinds of events. Hours and hours spent with in-laws. . . .uuuugh!
My husband complains about the fact that I always get depressed about going to any family event. He wanted to know why I never look depressed when the event involves one of my friends. I told him it's because I LIKE my friends. I LIKE spending time with my friends. I know that I'll ENJOY myself when I'm with my friends. We'll have a good laugh and none of us will be compairing what we're wearing, or the amount of gold we have 'or don't have'. My friends are intelligent - I can discuss such things as current events, work, and things that require thought and insight. My friends don't discuss such boring things as how many blankets they've washed in the last week or whether smeed is available at the jamiah like most Libyan women (at least the ones in my family). My friends don't care about things like that!
It's not the same when it's with family. The ladies gossip about each other and compare and become envious. You seldom see those ladies having a good time - they're too busy worrying over whether someone is backstabbing them. And they've spent hours and a small fortune to get all dressed up to sit and stare at one another. To me this is so ridiculous. None of them ever look comfortable.
Actually I think Libyan ladies have more fun at funerals. I can tell because they smile and laugh alot at funerals (which is another thing I find weird). Maybe it's because they don't have to get all dressed up or spend any money on a gift. And at funerals they can gossip more because they don't have the loud music to try to shout over.
I'll go and do my best to be pleasant. I have learned to paint an interested look on my face while I sit and daydream. If I take advantage of the time I have to spend there I can make up all kinds of things in my head to entertain myself. And you know what? I plan on wearing an outfit that they've all seen at least a dozen times! That will give them something to gossip about. . . . hehehe
Can you tell how excited I am about this?