Passed over this year for a second seder invitation: Me - Your Voice

Passed over this year for a second seder invitation: Me

BARBARA RUSSEK | Special to Jewish News | Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 3:16 pm

About 10 years ago, I attended a winter holiday luncheon where I knew most of the people, though none very well. I overheard a woman – an acquaintance whose name I still remember – invite another woman to a New Year’s Eve party to which I had not been invited. A wave of hurt came over me at that moment, but I never did tell anyone I had heard. Although I can’t remember too many other details of that luncheon, I will never forget the feeling of being excluded that accompanied me on the drive home.

Fast forward 10 years to a similar scenario. I was never one to be sure that lightning can strike twice, but now I’m sure that it can. A few days ago, I attended a brunch where I knew a few people slightly but no one at my table. From their conversation, I could tell that several folks seated around me were fairly well-acquainted with each other. I wasn’t expecting anyone to take particular note of me as the newcomer; it is much easier for most folks to talk about themselves than exert that extra energy to get to know a stranger.

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