Upon arriving, we paid for our lunch and bought a ticket for the 50/50 drawing. Kathy and I were the youngest in attendance...let's just say that we were the black sheep in a big box of Q-tips. But what fun those ladies were! If I didn't know better, I would have thought we were in a sitcom. Turns out that I knew the guest speaker, the Director of the Help Center at which I volunteer. I think that perhaps he was happy to see a familiar face amongst all those Cougars. The president of the CWC brought two registration forms to our table, in the chance we decided to join this venerable group of white-haired ladies. We politely thanked her, laying the applications on the table next to our plates. We forgot about them and enjoyed our lunch.
Time for the guest speaker...who, by the way, gave a lovely talk about what we do at the center. He was very informative, warm, and funny. The only man in the room, he had those ladies eating out of his hand. Lovely ladies, gracious and very friendly. They kept insisting that Kathy and I drink some wine. "No, thank you...10:45 is a little early for us." The speaker wraps up his speech and it's time for the drawing. "Number 138, number 138..." Woo-hoo, that's my ticket! I've won twelve dollars! Oh, I'm being instructed not to return to my seat, to please remain standing at the podium. "Yes Ma'am." Miss Dorothea, the president, calls Kathy up front to join me. She then introduces us to the gathering and asks the sweet ladies to welcome the two new members to the club. Surprise! I didn't know that we had joined! What dastardly deed had Kathy committed while I was collecting my money? Did she truly have time to fill out the two applications and pay for the registrations? No, the fact is this: Miss Dorothea is a master recruiter. How could we not now join these sweet little ladies in their monthly meetings at the art gallery? Sipping wine before noon, flavored iced tea, followed by coffee? Who could honestly resist this patrician ritual? Besides, Kathy and I were granted a discount and had only to pay half-price for the registration. What a deal! What a lovely afternoon! Thanks for the invitation, Kathy. I wouldn't have missed it for the world!