All of us have all types of friends.. close friends, old friends, new friends, office friends, school friends and college friends, family friends. I am not sure if other people have what I call “party friends”.
Party friends are characterized by the fact that, you never see them anywhere except at other people’s parties. These are people you have nothing in common with but you see them every now and then at parties of common acquaintances. You get introduced once or twice and then you “have” to do the customary “Hi..”
So this is how a typical conversation would go.
Me: Hey Hi.. How are you?
PF: I am doing great.. How are you? (Note how we don’t use each other’s names, because we are not sure.. that’s why) wow.. Look at your daughter.. Shez grown so much since X’s party in March.
Me: Oh ya.. Shez now 19 months old. How is your son? blah blah..
PF: Hez good.. very naughty… blah blah.. (Few mins of proud mommy bragging by both of us)..
Me: Come home sometime.. We should catch up.. (Thinking to myself – Who has the time.. We hardly know these people)
PF: Sure.. You guys should come too.. We dont live too far.. You know that Walgreens at blah blah blah.. (She knows I don’t plan to come and she isn’t planning to come either).
(Now we’ve run out of topics and are itching to end this forced conversation. Both of us start looking around to see what excuse we can find)
Me: Smrithiiiiiiiii.. (I run behind my daughter who is actually just standing and staring at me)
PF: Oh Hey Hi (to the next person)..
Me & PF: Ok then.. I’ll see you later..
End of conversation!
Sometimes, however we meet more often like during the Christmas season – So you can imagine how much worse this conversation could be.