Last night I dreamed that I visited a new friend at her house. The house was by the ocean, which surprised me, since we live in Columbia, SC. But this is a dream, and in my dreams, all houses are by the ocean.
While I was visiting other people came. They were her other friends and they were bringing food and drink for a party. It looked wonderful --- focaccia studded with chunks of yellow, red, and orange peppers; bread with chunky vegetable and cheese spreads; wines and of course, sweet tea. At first I didn't eat because I was trying to find my son and make sure he was OK. Then I sort of felt uncomfortable eating. Maybe a little hurt that no one asked me to come in and eat. Everyone was having such a good time, but I didn't know them.
When I finally decided to eat, the food had been packed up. I got a little piece of bread and cheese, and felt very sad that I hadn't gone in earlier for more.
When everyone was gone, I saw my friend crying. I said, "I'm sorry I didn't eat your food. I didn't know if I was invited."
And she said, "You were here. You didn't have to ask."