I went to a party the other night at a friend’s house. He had several guests that I didn’t know. So, I got introduced to a woman who he thought was a good conversationalist. The caterer came around with a tray of cocktails. I grabbed one, and asked the lady:
“Would you like a cocktail?”
“No, thanks, I prefer to be sober for a few minutes.”
We both sat down on the sofa.
“Don’t you think purpose gives meaning to life?”
“I heard a good quotation the other day.”
“Oh, what was it?”
“Oh dear, I can’t remember now, sorry.”
I took a long drink of my cocktail.
“Do you know the secret of happiness?”
She was thinking deep now.
“Well, if you make others happy, you will be happy.”
“Hmm, that sounds about right,” she said, dreamingly.
She looked into my eyes in a strange way, I was getting a little edgy.
“Are you afraid of the future? I am.”
“If you live the present good, your future will turn out okay.”
“Hey, I like that. I feel better already,” she said.
I gulped down the rest of my cocktail and grabbed another.
“Do you believe in free speech? I do.”
She stared at me with those big cow eyes.
“I do, but sometimes a person can make a pig of themselves, just because it’s free.”
She looked confused, but she continued.
“I had a dream last night.”
My cocktail was delicious. I felt like another.
“What was it about?”
“ A handsome man scooped me up in his arms and kissed me. Then he rode away with me on his horse. Do you know where he was taking me?”
“No, I don’t. It’s your dream.”
“Oh yeh, that’s right.”
I was starting to feel my drinks now, yet she had nothing to drink!
From now on, I thought, I will just nod my head and smile at her conversation.
While she continued to talk for about ten minutes, not a word passed my lips.
“My word! We’ve been chatting for an hour and I don’t believe you’ve said much.”
“No, I haven’t,” I agreed, smiling.
“Makes it unanimous, doesn’t it?”