Last week, a major whiff of excitement was in the air as I came dangerously close to having to make a horrendous decision. There was a chance that I might be offered a spare ticket to the party of the year – which was this evening – The “Hello!” 25th anniversary cocktail party with every celebrity that Hello! has ever covered no doubt attending….which would have been a huge coup for me in the Lifestyle stakes I have to say and I would have loved it – but in reality I’m hugely relieved not to have been invited because it clashed with my youngest son’s football presentation evening which if I’m honest is the worst night of my entire social calendar and I have had to do it approximately 20 times in total (and counting) – initially for my firstborn and now for my last. What a dreadful dilemma to have to deal with. What would I have done?
I like to think that I would have turned down the celebrity party – because for my boys this football night is one of the most important events in their annual calendar. They puff up. They are part of a team, but for one night a year, they get the individual acknowledgement of the part that they play in that team. They get to go on stage and collect a trophy and listen to their manager talking personally about them and their attributes on the pitch and it’s very very important. To be honest WAY more important than talking to gorgeous strangers – even if I do find it immensely painful to think about….
It would have been good to have been able to tell him that I turned down a celebrity party so that he appreciated the fact that I was there a little more, but frankly it wouldn’t have come across well and he’d have accused me of making him feel guilty or even worse suggested that I should go to the celebrity party because frankly, having a parent in the room is very embarrassing and there really was no need for me to be there…
I mean look at that! It doesn’t get better than that surely – much better than any Oscar or Bafta in my book:-
Haven’t I done a good job of turning water into wine? Glass half full stuff? Happy about that even if still gutted that I didn’t get the invite just so that I could have turned it down….(would I have turned it down??)