Wish me good luck...
Huh. The Witnesses at my mom and dad's hall all went out together last night to see Star Wars on its premier night.
I guess they are in a "social club" congregation.
@GrreatTeacher: I have been in a few of those congregations back when I was in the US. They seem to operate on a different wavelength. All in all, I can't say I was ever in a bad congregation - but that doesn't change the fact that it is a cult.
Get some Mezuzahs screwed to the door frames and don yourself in a kippah - that should wind them up :)
@Landy: I don't really want to wind anyone up. I just want to be left alone. They are for the most part nice people. I just can't handle them in quantity.
As others have said, just be your normal, hospitable, happy and positive self.
Show that you are enjoying a good life, and that your inactivity doesn't mean you are a depressive, lost, wicked person...
As one poster often writes, "the best revenge is to live a happy and successful life"
Take control of the day, ask questions, show interest in their lives, and don't let it become a "sales pitch" occasion for the organisation.
@stuckinarut: you may have hit on a weak spot. I am not normally hospitable, happy or positive. And I am certainly not interested in what they are doing. As opposed to living a happy and successful life, I'm just 'happy' to still be above ground.
I will probably start drinking beer after lunch before they arrive.
Better make it hard liquor.
Wish me good luck... I have the entire service group coming over for dinner on Sunday.
You have my sympathies - and a blessing on you for doing your duty in feigning kingdom interest.
Do it in the spirit of Kwanzaa and you'll feel much better in the end.
Ugh, sounds dreadful. Entire service group over on Sunday. Best of luck though.
Update Summary: it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, but still they had to sing KM songs.
Details: Thery were supposed to come over directly after the meeting (around 1 pm) but 'apparently' some of them felt the need to get in an hour of service first. They started wandering in at around 2:30, a car load at a time. Of course my wife had told me 3, so I hadn't put the dogs away first. Some had obviously gone home instead of service and changed into street clothes.
I invited one young elder to try his hand at archery and off we went. Soon almost everyone was in my backyard launching arrows toward my target (backed by a wall of hay bales). Good I had done my shooting earlier, because after a few demo's I never got another chance. Then we got called in for dinner. It was a beautiful afternoon for this time of the year in Poland. 50F, no wind, sunny.
Dinner went fine (around 15 total, 2 elders, 1 pioneer). Lots of busy chit-chat. Then when we were done with desert, it was time for some singing! Out came all the iPads, and out I went to the yard. They must have done 10-20 songs, some more than once. I popped in and out (Barking dogs are a great excuse to go check on things), took a brief rest in the bedroom. And finally, they left.
Everyone was polite and gracious. Nobody tried to pidgeon-hole me for a one-on-one. My wife was happy that I helped out so much getting ready for the event. So, I survived. I think the key was she has already made it clear that I have some type of phobia being around large (more than 3 or 4) groups of people. So far it is working.