Katpat wrote me an email a few weeks ago saying that she thought the friends who were leaving her should throw her a “tristedida” since she is losing so many amigas. So yesterday a small group gathered at Mrs. O’Leary’s for a celebration of food, friendship, and belly laughs. One of Katpat’s favorite things to do is to watch movies, either at home or at the theater. She frequently goes by herself, such is her passion for films. I was inspired by Princess Ai Lin’s secret Monday morning movie club and thought it a good theme for a Tristedida. So yesterday Katpat got to pick the film: Borat. I had seen the film once before but it gets better with each viewing. Irreverant. That’s all I can say. Even Southern Belle was snorting.
But I digress. There were party favors from my present closet. Jody got a pewter bowl that had not seen the light of day for 5 years. It had been stored in my maid’s room by the one-time motorista when I first moved in. (Lots of things got put away by other people when I broke my ankle). Katpat and Heidi, My SIL’s Virtual Twin each received unopened bags of brown sugar. They were thrilled. We all came in our sweatpants and someone came in a pseudo-cashmere babystained robe but I am not naming names.
We started at 9 and ended at 3.
The menu included (not in this order):
macaroni & cheese
pumpkin ginger soup
The packers come today to start packing the china for China. Housebound, I am going to feast on one last memory of indulgent good times with a superb group of expat princesses. It is packed directly into the suitcase of my heart.