Michelle stood over her table and looked down with amazement. Everything looked beautiful. She had definitely outdone herself this time. She needed everything to be perfect for today.
She had bought fresh strawberries and blueberries from the market, and little meringue nests, fresh cream to whip, and a lovely but sutble, fruit tea. She had scones, and fresh butter, chilled milk and sugar.
Of course, since this was such a special occasion, she also had brought out 6 of her very best teacups and saucers. She didn’t have a matching set, but that suited her personality. Her mother had collected teacups and had passed her entire collection on to Michelle. Michelle loved them! It didn’t matter that none of them matched. She picked out 6 of her favourites, all with similar floral themes, and put them out on the table. The one she chose for herself had been her grandmother’s. When she had passed, Michelle was able to choose one cup from the collection to keep. She chose a simple white cup with red roses and a gold trim. She placed it where she was going to sit and thought how nice it would have been to have her grandmother there with her.
She had even made up cute little place cards. It was a round table so no one was technically at the head of that table. She was directly across the Benjamin. They had discussed this. If they sat across from each other, then they would be able to use facial signals to move the conversation in one direction or another.
On Michelle’s right, her parents, and to the left of her, Benjamin’s. Probably best to have them across from each other instead of mixed up. That way, they could face each other, and really have a good conversation. How much easier is it to have a conversation when you’re sitting across from someone? Especially if you’re meeting for the first time. And especially if you have just been told your two children are planning on getting married?
As Michelle reached down to straighten a spoon that had been knocked out of place, she heard the buzzer for the door. Benjamin was there with his parents. She took a deep breath – everything was going to be perfect!