After All Is Said and Done

We all experience situations in which we are involved in numerous conversations with different people, especially during get-togethers with those we’ve just met or haven’t seen in quite some time. My husband and I find that during such soirées, pretty much everyone resorts to talking about their kids or grandkids. It’s an easy way for people to keep the conversation going by sharing something familiar and noteworthy.

Since the Silva Gang only comprises furry four-legged kids (cats and dogs, that is), we give partygoers more of a challenge when it comes to conversations. We have no children to discuss, so most of the time, we find ourselves listening to other people drone on about breastfeeding and daycare nightmares.

After a while, people will start asking us about what is going on in our lives. And, since it’s generally considered bad etiquette to ask us about whether or not we are devout church-going Christians, or whether or not we voted for Obama, we find that discussions consistently revert to safer topics such as:

1) The career.

Oh goodie! I love talking about work! Personally, I don’t think I talk about it enough during the 60 hours I spend working. I think the highlight for me this week was when I dozed off and fell out of my chair while trying to meet a deadline. What a rush!

2) The pets.

You would never guess what Fido said to me today on the way to doggie daycare. What a character that Fido! Did you know that he’s also a genius? I think he’s going to make it to Harvard!

3) The weather (which simultaneously signals the demise of the conversation).

Yes, I know, isn’t it extremely shocking that we experience sunlight everyday? And did you hear the reports about those light winds? Whoa! What an anomaly!

Is it just me, or are the questions about religion and politics looking better and better?

There would be less pressure, and discussions would be so much shorter and more interesting if everyone could just text each other at parties… am I right? Who’s with me?



Filed under Silva Nuggets (Random)

12 responses to “After All Is Said and Done

  1. You could try watching TMZ and brushing up on all the latest celebrity gossip before the next party.

    • True, but tricky. Everyone has different limits with regard to how much Kardashian and Brangelina gossip they can actually tolerate and stomach! 😉 By the way, welcome to WordPress! Are you blogging now?

  2. Giggles! Politics, sex, pets, anything! You can talk about it with me 🙂 I would welcome the break from montony!

  3. OMG, those text messages cracked me UP! Thank you for the laugh on this LONG Monday afternoon at work. 🙂

  4. We parents drone on about our kids because we have no lives… we need help! Seriously, we do need help! Any chance i could get a crib sheet of possible conversation topics that don’t include kids? Pleeeeease? I’m scared to go places where there are people without human children because I don’t know what to talk about!

    • Too funny! Don’t worry about it, most people have kids, so luckily for you, you are in the majority! I find that I am always the token non-mother who is clueless in conversations about child-rearing. One time, a friend of mine started talking to me about nipple cream, and I freaked out and had to do a double take. I was like “Wait, wait, wait… you’re saying you have to put cream on WHERE?! And for WHAT?! Holy crap!” 😉

  5. I work in a call center company and common questions involving the weather are a no-no. A discourse of fools, so they say.


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