As much as I adore getting to meet new people and seeing just how many lolita exist in the metropolitan area, there’s something really enjoyable about a small meetup. I was very busy with work and classes last week, so I wasn’t able to catch most of the details about the Friday-evening meetup I committed to attending. I expected it to have median attendance–not too many girls, since it was a right at the end of the week, but certainly a few, as Friday night is typically a good choice to stay out late.
However, there were only six of us camped out on the blankets. It ended up being a perfect number–the lawn was crowded when we arrived even though we got there an hour and a half before the event began! It was obviously quite popular–the people who were there already were well settled-in as if they had been there for perhaps an hour already! Those of us who arrived first managed to secure a good section to sit right in the center of everything, but it took a while of awkwardly saving the space until someone came with blankets.
When everyone arrived, we goofed around and ate cookies (oatmeal and macarons~) while the sun went down. There’s something far more intimate about a smaller meetup–I worry less about whether I’m paying enough attention to each person, since a five-person conversation is as not hard to manage as, say a twelve-person conversation.
We chatted until the performance started, then hushed to enjoy the beautiful voices of the evening’s singers. A cool breeze added a chill note, but not enough to be intolerable. There was just something so luxurious about listening to opera highlights from talented vocalists and musicians while lounging out-of-doors. I could certainly understand why there was such a crowd, and I felt very lucky that we had managed to get a nice place to watch it~
It made me want to plan a meetup to the opera or ballet for an evening of extravagance…but I think the cost would be prohibitive for almost everyone–especially me! I’ll just have to dream about it for now~