Whenever I leave my cozy little burg in off-the-beaten-path Idaho and hit the “seasoned” streets of a mega metropolis, I get a wake up call. People drive like they’re gunning for redemption! San Francisco was a wild ride, lemme tell ya – and then there’s New York, Seattle, and, heck, even Spokane can get me all shook up. If you see a car puttering along in the emergency lane, give me a country wave.
West St. Overpass,Chatswood, Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Peter Hardy
I was invited to a wedding recently. After the big weekend passed and someone was mentioning the stunning photos the photographer took, Meg asked me if I’d attended. “No,” I said.
Meg: “Did you RSVP that?” (Can you tell Meg keeps track of my calendar and social obligations?)
Again, I said, “No.”
With that LOOK on her face, Meg said, “Mom, you have to RSVP even if you aren’t attending.”
Well, I seriously didn’t know that. I thought you only sent in an RSVP if you WERE attending.
Here are the proper rules regarding RSVP. Am I the only one who didn’t know that?
What does RSVP mean?
The term RSVP is a shortened version of the French expression “répondez s’il vous plaît,” meaning, literally, “please respond.” When you see RSVP on an invitation, it means that you should let the hostess know whether or not you plan to attend her event. A common misconception is that you only need to respond if you will be attending. But good manners dictate that you should respond either way. Then the hostess will know that you received her invitation and whether or not you can attend. She’ll use the information to get an accurate head count for her event so that she can plan for seating, food and drinks, party favors, and more. It’s also the perfect opportunity to thank her for the invitation even if you can’t attend so that she won’t cross you off her list for future invitations.
On the other hand, if you see “regrets only” on your invitation, that means to let the host know only if you won’t be attending the event.
Musician Carlos Santana once remarked, “You become gracious when you realize that you have something the world needs, and people are happy to see you when you come into the room.”
It’s that time of year and our Stella couldn’t have been more excited for her very first first day of school! She just couldn’t wait to get out the door. I, on the other hand, was a bit of wreck. Our baby’s first day of school … she is getting all grown up … what if she skins her knee? Will Mrs. Nichols understand her when she asks to use the bathroom? Will she make friends? And those are just the little worries. What I’m learning from other seasoned parents is that I will have a list of new worries every year on the first day of school.