I have a pretty exciting weekend coming up. I am taking the day off from work on Friday leaving bright and early, first a stop in Columbia to have breakfast with my Dad at the Cracker Barrel he always took me to as a kid, then on to Georgia to see Julio and meet: his parents, his brother and his two older kids.
This is a big deal to me. Am I nervous? You betcha. I did not have the best relationship with my former father in law, something that always bothered me, we were just two very different people. I love him and I care about him, we just did not have a bond. On the other hand my ex-husband's sister could not have been more like a sister to me.
So this is huge. Julio has also built his parents and brother up a bit therefore I am nervous. Will they like me? Will I say the right thing, or stick my foot in my mouth as I am so good at doing? I suppose if it were not so important to me then I would not be so concerned. There are also some extenuating circumstances that add to the stress a bit, but we do not need to discuss those at this time. I have talked to his two older kids on the phone and via Skype and I am super excited about meeting them. They are very bright, well spoken kids and I am certain we will get along fabulously.
I am a people person, it's how I am able to make a living in commissioned sales, after all, but, meeting the parents and brother is just a wee bit intimidating to me. You know those episodes of the Bachelor and the Bachelorette when they go home to meet the parents and each family member takes one on one time to "grill" or question the proposed mate? Yeah, that is kind of how I envision things. How do I make sure I am "acceptable"? How do I make sure I make a good impression?...oh the stress...oh the worry...oh the excitement, too.
Yes, I am excited. I am excited to get the "big meeting" over with, but I am also excited to finally put faces and voices to names. I have bought a new outfit, had my nails done, am giving myself a pedicure tonight, and have the perfect jewelry and shoes picked out to complete the outfit. I suppose I am as ready as I will ever be...
I'll let you know on Monday how it went...maybe even with a few pictures...if they turn out ok and if it all goes well...and if I actually show up...yikes!