Sunday, December 9, 2018

The Dinner List

I just finished reading this book for my Book Club.  Basically, the premise of the book is: If you could have dinner with any five people, living or dead, who would you choose? Two best friends/roommates discuss this for a class assignment and they quickly make their lists.  Years pass, life moves on, and lo and behold one day, one of the women finds herself walking into a restaurant and those people are sitting at a table waiting for her.  On her list is her estranged father, ex-boyfriend, Audrey Hepburn (all dead), a college professor and her best friend (both alive).   The reader then learns why the main character, Sabrina, has chosen these people and why.

We’ve all seen these types of lists and perhaps may have even been asked the question at a dinner party or something.  Instead of making my list for you, I think it would be more interesting to ponder why people choose who they do.  One choice is a family member or close friend who has passed – to reconnect or in the case of a family member, it could even be to meet somebody in your family tree that you never got to meet.  Another reason is pure curiosity: who wouldn’t want to meet Abe Lincoln or Amelia Earhart? Another motive might be revenge, or to settle a score, or plain just to get some answers.

Whomever one chooses, it tells the chooser a lot about what is going on in their life at this very moment and what their mindset is about it.  As you were reading this, I am sure a person or two popped into your head.  Why?  What are you trying to accomplish?

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