20 An Important Invitation

19 An Important Invitation

Tess decided to pop into her neighbour’s house for a chat. Her neighbour was called Liz, and she let Tess in as soon as she knocked. She was looking rather miserable as she poured the coffee out. When Tess asked her what was wrong, she told her about her problem. Liz’s husband, Giles, had just rung to say that his boss wanted Liz and Giles to spend the weekend at his house in the country. Liz wanted to cook up some excuse for not going, but Giles had insisted that they really could not duck out of the invitation. He felt that the weekend would be good for his career prospects. Liz felt that she was being forced into something, which she did not want to do, and that there
was not enough time to make arrangements. “Leaving aside some work which is due on Monday, there are the children. I cannot possibly foist them on my mother again.” Liz worked as a freelance journalist, and she and Giles had a three-year old daughter and a six-year old son. Tess said that she sided with Giles on this occasion, but Liz refused to listen, saying that Giles had not taken into consideration either the children or her work. Tess tried to reason with her and offered to look after the children. She also pointed out that Liz could write her article before she left. Finally, Liz agreed that a weekend break was a good idea.

 

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19 An Important Invitation

Tess decided to …     ….   her neighbour’s house for a chat. Her neighbour was called Liz, and she …   Tess ..   as soon as she knocked. She was looking rather miserable as she ……    the coffee …  . When Tess asked her what was wrong, she told her about her problem. Liz’s husband, Giles, had just rung to say that his boss wanted Liz and Giles to spend the weekend at his house in the country. Liz wanted to ….    ..   some excuse for not going, but Giles had insisted that they really could not ….     …   of the invitation. He felt that the weekend would be good for his career prospects. Liz felt that she was being ……     ….   something, which she did not want to do, and that there
was not enough time to make arrangements. “…….    …..    some work which is due on Monday, there are the children. I cannot possibly …..    them ..   my mother again.” Liz worked as a freelance journalist, and she and Giles had a three-year old daughter and a six-year old son. Tess said that she …..    ….   Giles on this occasion, but Liz refused to listen, saying that Giles had not taken into consideration either the children or her work. Tess tried to ……    ….   her and offered to look after the children. She also pointed out that Liz could write her article before she left. Finally, Liz agreed that a weekend break was a good idea.

Conversation Questions

 

When was the last time you popped in to say a quick hello to your parents?

What kind of people should you never let into your life?

At what age did you start pouring out your own drinks from jugs?

When was the last time you poured your heart out to a friend?

Talk about someone you know who is/was really good at cooking up excuses.

What kind of chores did you use to duck out of when you were a child?

What are the harms of forcing your children into degrees and fields they really aren´t into?

What kind of things should we leave aside when at work/school?

When was the last time someone was foisted on you and you had to put them up temporarily?

Who would you side with if you parents/siblings/friends have an argument?

What kind of issues would you face when reasoning with teenagers?

 

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