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The Little Princess

My maid/housekeeper was away, back in her own country, and her substitute can clean, but is hopeless with entertaining. I have about 25 guests coming, good people, and I am not too worried, but I am a little behind schedule pretty much the entire event, as I try to greet guests and make them welcome, get the food out, keep the food coming, keep the coffee and tea ready and and and . . . you get the idea.

As the event neared to a close, one of my friends, the little Princess, is right by my side, clearing dishes, rinsing, bringing things from the salon to the kitchen – and this is a woman we all kid, we call her the little Princess because her husband adores her, and she never has to lift a finger.

“You don’t have to do this!” I exclaim, knowing once the last guest is gone, I can take my time, and it will all get done.

“”But you look so tired!” she exclaims in return.

I am puzzled. I don’t feel tired.

“I don’t FEEL tired,” I respond, and she says “But you have no lipstick, and your hair is all tangled . . .” and I realize to my utter horror that in my focus on getting everything ready for my guests, I forgot to put on any makeup, or to do my hair. I FORGOT!

I am still laughing at myself, partly in HORROR. How could I forget to comb my hair???

December 17, 2007 - Posted by | Entertainment, Events, ExPat Life, Friends & Friendship, Holiday, Humor, Kuwait, Living Conditions


  1. Stupid social politics 😛

    Comment by kinano | December 17, 2007 | Reply

  2. hehe a committed host i wud say whose puts the comfort of her guests before her own 😉

    Comment by Fonzy | December 17, 2007 | Reply

  3. LLLOOOLLLLLL, Kinano! I don’t know that combing your hair before the guests come is too much to ask! And I really do look a lot better with a little mascara. I only shared the story because it makes me laugh.

    Thanks, Fonzy. I really do focus on my guests, but ummm, I wish I had taken a minute to neaten up. I will admit that some of the guests arrived early and threw me off a little. But the whole event was almost over before I had a clue that I had forgotten my grooming. Good thing I had bathed!

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 17, 2007 | Reply

  4. I remember my mom having those parties but she always gave the maid the night off and used me instead.

    Glad it all worked out in the end though

    Comment by ananyah | December 17, 2007 | Reply

  5. Used you instead???? Ananyah! I can imagine you helping out – with others helping, too . . . but giving the maid the night off and relying on you? That’s hard work.

    But I bet you looked like a million dinars 😉

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 17, 2007 | Reply

  6. I second kinano 😀

    Comment by Fast Lane | December 17, 2007 | Reply

  7. I bet you looked just fine 😛

    Comment by 3baid | December 17, 2007 | Reply

  8. Priceless 🙂

    Comment by Touché | December 18, 2007 | Reply

  9. Yeh, Fast Lane, that’s probably a guy thing.

    3baid . . .hmmm. I bet I didn’t!

    Touche’ – glad you think so! I think so too – in retrospect.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 18, 2007 | Reply

  10. Heheheheheh hilarious ^^ LOL

    Comment by vixenfatale | December 18, 2007 | Reply

  11. My friend, I laughed until I almost cried. Remember when we were first becoming friends and I told you how I admired that you always seemed so together and serene? And thru the years you laughed and tried to convince me “‘taint so”? I am now convinced that you dwell with the rest of us mortals. Thank you for sharing the story so when I am agonizing over things like this, I can have my own private laugh and calm down.

    Comment by momcat | December 19, 2007 | Reply

  12. Oh Vixen, I am so glad you think so, too. I think my Mom is a little aghast that I would share such a story, but . . . it really happened.

    Momcat – You! You the organizer, the unflappable! Thanks be to God for friends we can share these moments with, who pick us back up. I thank God for that little princess, there helping me – honestly, what if I hadn’t found out until everyone had left??? I would have been mortified! At least we all had a chance to laugh about it together!

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 27, 2007 | Reply

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