Ardis! I meant to come over and introduce myself tonight at this event, but I was too slow. By the time I was done chit-chatting, you’d already left! I’m the one who said I’d had a chapter in volume II, I’m also the one who made the blog of my grandfather’s travels around the world after his mission in South Africa and promoted it on the JI blog. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to meet again! I enjoyed your remarks!
It isn’t easy being a homely woman at the best of times. But this night, I had to take one bus and two trains to travel less than two miles from home, and I was out in the rain for more than an hour. I showed up soaked to the skin, my clothes clinging, my shoes squishing, my hair dripping and stringy. It didn’t help that the first two women who saw me, both of them on the program, burst out laughing. When I had to stand up in front of people who had stepped out of cars and come in as dry and put-together as they had left home, I had no self-confidence left, and no enthusiasm, but I bluffed my way through. I tried to be friendly to people who wanted to talk afterward, and was so very glad to finally be able to leave.
It looked like other people were enjoying themselves, though. And I saw that they had the same great salsa that they’ve served in the past.
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 28, 2014 @ 12:47 am
You ‘bluffed’ your way through very well. I had no impression of your challenges that evening, and enjoyed your presentation the same as all the others. I’m glad that I had time to say ‘hello’ before you hurried out, and I’m sorry that it was such a difficult night for you.
Thank you for being there, even when you didn’t feel like it.