“Looks like our final guest has arrived.” Kendalynn opens the door and accepts the hug Elaine offers as she steps over the threshold. “Hi, Elaine. You’re just in time to walk with us all to the dining room as soon as I hang your coat up.”
“Awesome.” Elaine takes her purple half length winter coat off and motions for Kendalynn to pass her the hanger. Kendalynn gives the hanger to Elaine who hands it back to Kendalynn with the coat secured.
“Well ladies, I hope you don’t mind. Elaine inspired me to share where we have our services with you like she did. My husband Adam Thompson and I pastor an amazing home church group called Word of L.O.V.E. Ministries. It’s based on the church in Acts we meet in our homes with periodic services and community service based events open to the public every 6-8 weeks or so.” Kendalynn motioned for everyone to follow her through her living room and into the dining room. “I made a Mexican buffet style lunch with dessert chilling in the fridge. I also have some ice breakers for us to get to know each other a little better, while we eat.”
“I adore ice breakers.” Elaine flashes a big smile at each of the ladies. “The buffet looks great. Let’s pray and dig in.”
“Great idea, Elaine. Why don’t you lead us in prayer?” Kendalynn nods and stretches her hands towards Patronda and Carmandi standing next to her right inside the entrance of the dining room next to the buffet.
Elaine nods and blesses the food.
Carmandi and Patronda look at each other and then back to the buffet table.
“So we’re serving ourselves?” Patronda takes a hesitant step towards the end of the table without the plates. Kendalynn and Carmandi point toward the plates at the other end. “Thanks.”
“I enjoyed the informal feel Elaine started us off with and wanted us to really relax and get to know each other. We’re going to be seeing a lot of each other doing this show and I think it’ll go better if we all know something about each other.” Kendalynn picks up a plate behind Carmandi and begins compiling a taco salad.
“That is very smart. I have to admit I’ve watched some of those other reality shows about wives and a lot of the times I think the women would get along better if they were better acquainted. They are all very pretty though.” Elaine places her plate in front of a chair and retrieves a bottle of water from the table before sitting down next to Kendalynn.
Patronda walks back to the table and sits next to Elaine. Carmandi walks back and sits between Patronda and Kendalynn.
“I did catch one of them. Good thing CheersTV created this show. Women should be allowed to watch as many options as possible. When my husband told me about the opportunity I knew it was something I wanted to do.” Carmandi mixes the salad in her bowl.
“I prayed for a while before I agreed. My law practice and community advocacy work takes up a lot of time, if the answer from God hadn’t been so clear, I would have been able to say no with a clear conscience.” Kendalynn sips some tea from a frosted glass.
“You mean God talks to you?” Patronda raises one eyebrow at Kendalynn then looks at Carmandi and Elaine.
“He does, in my heart, but I’m referring to a discussion my husband and I had.” Kendalynn picks up a legal pad next to her plate and flips the page over. “So ‘questions’ is the first icebreaker, we’ll all go around the table and answer one question we pick from the basket in the middle of the table.
“I love this game. Can I go first?” Elaine leans forward to see the basket.
“Yeah,” Kendalynn chuckles. “Go for it.”
Elaine reaches into the basket and pulls out a small folded up piece of paper. She unfolds the paper. “My least favorite color is peach, because when I wear it I disappear…it’s too close to my skin color.”
Carmandi almost spits her drink out. She shakes her head and smiles. Her hand reaches into the basket. Her piece of paper is half folded and she opens it with one hand. “My least favorite kind of music is gangster rap because they are so mean to each other and I think that people can resolve their issues without using violence and bragging about it is tacky.”
“Are you serious? You cannot be serious?” Kendalynn places her fork to the right of her plate.
“Yes. I don’t think holy hip hop is bad just gangster rap. I don’t blame it for the downfall of society, I just think it’s tacky.” Carmandi drops the paper beside the outside of the basket.
Patronda reaches her hand into the basket. She reads her paper and smirks. “My favorite phrase or personal slogan is: This is not a dream, this is for real.”
“Is that where you came up with the name for your pageant?” Carmandi said.
“Yes,” Patronda smiles.
“I heard that somewhere before.” Kendalynn taps her index finger on the table edge. “This neo soul artist at the SingCave…her name is Trueness or something like that.”
Patronda chokes on the bite of salad she is chewing.
“You okay?” Kendalynn leans forward.
“I’m fine” Patronda forces out as she picks up her bottle of water. “Don’t think I’ve ever heard of that artist. Your turn.”
Kendalynn shrugs and takes a paper from the basket. “Mozzarella sticks are my favorite food because I LOVE cheese!”
All of the ladies laugh.
“Why am I not surprised?” Carmandi laughs. “You are the first person I’ve ever seen offer three cheese options with taco salad.
Patronda stands next to a huge cutout of the previous winner of her scholarship pageant. She does a final makeup and teeth check in her handheld mirror before placing it in her purse.
“Kendalynn’s little lunch shindig was very nice and I didn’t feel at all like I was in any danger in her part of Metropolis. They actually have a nice sized house for what they do. She is a lawyer though so I didn’t expect to be in the hood or anything. The game was fun although I do wish I’d have gotten a better question than I did. Maybe once they get a few hundred more members they can finally get a building and start a full ministry. That whole meet at your house thing is cute but really who doesn’t want to pastor a super mega ministry. I am going to pray for her and Elaine because they seem like nice enough ladies and would probably do fine as Firstwives in larger ministries.”