An odd thing happened to me and I’m interested in the thoughts of my fellow E-Hellions.
The members of my pre-natal baby group, all of whom had our babies last December, had a reunion last weekend. It was organized by one of the couples, who suggested we meet at a park and all bring our own picnic snacks and accoutrements. An alternative plan in the event of rain (a strong possibility in our neck of the woods) was to meet at their home, where guests would be welcome to enjoy the hostess’s garden and, if so inclined, sample the host’s collection of whiskies. Nothing further was said about refreshments.
My husband and I, and most, if not all, of the other guests brought food to be shared by the group. My husband and I also brought a bottle of wine as a host/hostess gift. The host took one look at our offering, a meat, cheese, olive and cracker plate, and said, “Did [hostess] not tell you this is a meat free house? I’d rather you not open that and please take it home with you.” He offered to put it in the fridge until we left. I didn’t miss a beat and simply said “no problem”. I was happy to take it home and have been enjoying it thoroughly since then. However, I have been turning the incident over in my mind and have to say it annoyed me so much that I do not feel inclined to socialize with him again.
I understand that it’s his house and he has the prerogative to ban meat. However, I was not informed of this prohibition in advance. Also, not all of the guests are vegetarian, and I do not believe his aversion to meat is so strong that he should not have given the other guests the option to eat the meats. Lastly, he could have suggested we only put out the cheese and not the meat, which was wrapped separately. This, I think, would have been more gracious than rejecting my offering altogether. I did not suggest this at the time as he had shut down my offering so completely.
I probably would not have become so annoyed with him had his wife not complained, in casual conversation during the gathering, that she had been looking forward to trying the meatballs at Ikea, but was disappointed with them as they were too small. 0424-13
I can’t imagine why the cheese, olives and crackers were banished to the refrigerator, too. Oh, well! More for you at home!