VENUS GETS HIT BY ‘LIGHTENING’ AT LUNCH

We’re watching lightening fritz through the sky and hammer the hills around us. This is Southern California and a lightening storm is a novel sight.

Eight of us Art Guild Girls are sitting outside on a stone terrace, next to a undulating golf course, having lunch. The sky may be full of danger but as I am soon to find, there is more emotional danger at the  table.

We ‘girls’ range in age from 40 to 80 plus, years old. We are the President of the Guild, on down through the ranks to The Sunshine Girl, which is me.

We do all the work that keeps the art meetings happening in town, we bring the demo artists that perform for all the local artists once a month, we bring in money, award scholarships to High School kids, keep the Art Library going, put on art shows and etc. We deserve a lunch at the end of the fiscal year and I have finally convinced my Guild friends that we do indeed need one.

The ladies ask me to order the wine. I order a bottle of red shiraz named ‘Layer Cake.’ How can one not order something with a name like that? And, I order a nice chardonnay.

We’re having a fun time. Oh sure, one lady has to tell us a story about a cat that she took on a trip that kept disappearing and we have to follow that darn cat through almost every state in the union. I keep saying, ‘So did it all work out OK?’ and she keeps saying, ‘I’m not through with the story yet,’ and everyone rolls their eyes and takes another lick of ‘Layer Cake.’

We’re eating and drinking and laughing and I’m thinking, ‘Oh, this lunch was such a good idea. We are all so happy together.’  Suddenly, ‘Ardath’ who is lost in her 70’s somewhere, looks at me and says says in her high-pitched wavey voice, “Oh Venus..you have such a won-der-ful personality! You have a fab-u-lous per-son-ality!”

I’m grinning and thanking her, “Thank you Ardath, that’s so sweet, thank you..” when she adds loudly, ‘But, that’s all you’ve got!”

“Whaat?”

“Are you always this way?” she asks.

“Whaaat?”

Then, Ardath leans across the table and looks at me intently, as she shouts, “Are you Bi-po-lar?!”

“Whaaat?!”

My friend Loretta with the short dark hair, the woman who got hit by a truck across the street from The Gallery a few years back and lost her short term memory and her taste buds, verbally races to my defense.

“I’ve known Venus since she was a kid and she’s always this way! And, she’s not bi-polar!”

My Art Friends are all looking at the three of us and snickering.

I am shocked. What the ‘ell does Ardath mean? That she thinks because I laugh and cut up and have so much fun, that I must be shallow?

I think we need chocolate layer cake. Chocolate cake can cure anything. All the ladies think this is a fine idea and we order several plates of chocolate cake with fudge frosting that we can share.

They ask me to cut the cake pieces up and put it on all the plates that are being shoved at me.

It’s a good, gooey, runny cake and I slurp mine up and temporarily forget that I may be shallow or  bi-polar and that I have a wonderful personality but nothing else!!

Geez. What a party.

Later, when I get home, I notice that I have chocolate smeared on the inside of my jeans from above my inner knee almost to the ankle.

How the ‘ell did that happen?

The next day I am still smarting from having a ‘Terrific Personality but nothing else” and I chew on the idea for a few more days.

Then, the answer comes to me. Many years ago, when I was in Montreal, a French speaking woman read my tea leaves. I was having some trouble deciding what to do with my life and I asked her, “Which of my talents is my best talent? Is it writing, or art, or building businesses, or making money?”

The woman stared intently into the cup, then looked up at me and said, “It’s none of those.”

She leaned closer to me.

“You have a terrific personality. You are your best talent.”

At the time, I thought, ‘What does that mean? What the heck can I do with that? ‘

She very kindly didn’t add that I had nothing else, but on reflection, I think that the tea leaf reader and Ardath were on to something.

Maybe it’s what we all need to hear. Just be yourself. Whatever that may be. Being yourself and being true to yourself may indeed be the best talent you’ve got. Your real and truest self can override shallowness, perhaps, and bi-polarity and anything else you’ve got that may not seem so great. How can you not love a person who loves and lives gaily and gladly with their own nature, whatever that may be?

Think about it.

I know some really odd people and even boring ones but by the very way they live their real selves truly, by being courageous and showing what they are and aren’t, they become unique, unusual and fascinating people.

So, here’s a drink of Layer Cake red Shiarz and a chunk of sloppy chocolate cake to all of us who have ‘wonderful personalities but nothing else’ except the courage to live our lives according to our real natures.

Hip Hip Hurray to us!

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(She doesn’t know it, yet. I have to run over and tell her…and teach her what to do. She tells me she gets lonely and Summer and I think it will be wonderful for her to have you all as Face Book friends. At almost 87 she is looking for a man, ‘with all his parts working’ so if you have one available, let us know! You will find Mom, eventually, under Margaret McWhorter. I will let you know when Summer gets Mom’s page put up. Won’t this be cool!

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