If you have to answer a question early in the work week, what better question to have to answer than an open ended one. One that does not have a right or wrong answer, just a personal one.
This isn't my garden! Its a picture I tore out of some magazine and have kept for years.
I think it might be from Martha Stewart Living Magazine.
Imagine, if you will, that it is a beautiful summer evening. It is warm, but not too hot. There is a slight breeze that carries along with it the subtle fragrance of the flowers that are in bloom in your garden. There isn't a single mosquito in five miles (Now that is wishful thinking!).
You've dug out and ironed your best tablecloth. Set out your favorite china. The table, with the casual arrangement of flowers at its center, is magazine picture perfect. Above the table, you have hung up a string of lights or perhaps you have put a row of tiny tea lights down the center of the table. The scene is pure magic! From the kitchen wafts the smell of the wonderful dinner you have prepared (No performance anxiety here. The food is guaranteed to be delicious in this fantasy).
Now, who are you going to invite to your dinner? It can be anyone you want. Someone from the past or perhaps someone very special from the present.
Do you might want to invite a celebrity? Maybe someone tall, dark and handsome?
An actor Tom, Robert or maybe Clarke?
Maybe a singer like John, Ella or Elvis? A famous musician or dancer like Nureyev?
Or perhaps you'd prefer to make it a girl's night with say Jackie, Audrey or Greta?
Fashion advice from Coco anyone?
Portrait of Georgia O'Keefe by photographer Alfred Stieglitz
It could also be someone you admire like a writer or an artist. Just think, you could take advantage of the evening to have a heart to heart chat with Jane Austen.
Don't you think an artist, like Georgia O'keefe might make for an interesting dinner conversation?
Then again, maybe you don't want to invite the rich or the famous to this fantasy soiree at all!
The person you really want to invite is someone far closer to your heart. A friend that you haven't seen in years. A lost love. Perhaps a parent, grandparent or close family member that has passed.
Who would you gather round the table to meet your special guest? Is there someone important you'd want to be present at dinner, say a son or daughter, who might profit from the evening's precious pearls of wisdom?
Don't think about it too long. Who was the first person that popped into your mind? Go with your heart and follow those gut instincts!
I can't wait to hear who you would want to invite to this most perfect of summer evenings.