I have printed a couple hundred copies of the card above. It's time to take drastic measures. [Feel free to print and distribute.]
Last Saturday, we had another high school Graduation Party to attend. With each graduation party, the level of embarrassment increases several notches. Here are some scenes from that night.
(Maria, mom and dad enter the house and fill their plates with food. Mom and dad choose a table outside while Maria retrieves a drink. She plucks a Coke from a big blue cooler and scans the area for her parents. She spots her father taking a seat and approaches the table to discover that the only free chair is at the end of the table across from an elderly couple.)
Maria: (whispers to herself) Sweet.
(Maria occupies the vacant seat facing an elderly man perpendicular to his wife.)
Elderly woman: Oh hello! My name is Judy. Yes, you look like a Maria. I have awesome stories and was one of the first people to ever purchase contact lenses for which I had to take out a loan.
(Maria and Judy share stories and giggle with each other until Judy leaves for another party... But not without swapping e-mail addresses with her new best friend.)
(Maria walks across the yard clutching her cold beer thinking to herself, "Thank GOD for liquor.")
Drunk woman: I'm sorry. I have to ask. (Quiets to a whisper and squeezes one eye shut) How ooold are you?
Maria: (exasperated) TWENTY-TWO! I should just start wearing my license around my neck.
(Maria continues on her path walking past her brother and his hoodlum wrestling friends.)
Tyler: SHAVE YOUR BEARD!
(Maria, mom and dad are standing in a circle with the hostess of the party talking about life.)
Mrs. S: So how's being home?
Maria: Oh it's nice. Lots of down time.
Mom: Yea, it's just hard for her because she has no friends here.
Dad: She went from being in college with all her friends to being here with us. She needs some friends here.
(Maria purses her lips and raises her eyebrows. This story has been repeated too many times. She takes a sip from her beer and doesn't notice the wheels spinning inside Mrs. S' head.)
Mrs. S: (grabs Maria's hand and drags her to a circle of six older people.) THIS is Maria. She is a wonderful girl who just graduated college and has no friends here. Maria, (she points to one woman) this is my cousin. She has a very nice son who just graduated Michigan State. Talk to each other.
(Maria feels awkward conversing with Mrs. S' cousin. Everyone in the circle enjoys the spectacle of a friendless stranger being set up with an absent relative. They laugh often and lean in to hear all about Maria.)
Cousin 1: Well, why don't you give me your Number and I'll give it to Tommy for when he comes back!
(Maria hands the woman a small piece of torn paper with her name and number on it and scampers away imagining Tommy's laughter when his mom hands him her number. Later that night, the cousins stand in unison and gather their belongings.)
Strange man: Did my wife get your number?