Q: With the exception of three children from my immediate family, I only want to have adults at my reception. How can I let this be known without offending guests who have children?
A: Even though you plan to have children from your immediate family at your reception, your invited guests should not assume that their children may also attend. Inside the outer envelope of your invitation be sure to include an inner envelope with only your invited guests’ names on it. You may also want to enclose a handwritten note to relatives and friends explaining that as much as you would love to invite their children, you simply cannot do so because of space or cost limitations. If you wish, mention that children will be most welcome to attend the ceremony. It’s best to make certain, well before your wedding day, that all of your guests understand and will comply with your wishes.
“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.
Malvolio, Act II, scene v.
Every 5 years or so, Australians need to fill out a census. This year people had the option of going online (which is how most people were doing it according to the local news). Well when census day came in early August – the website shut down and no one could get on for 2-3 days.
Legally we had until the middle of August to finish it off but we got the fine threat from the “friendly local census supervisor”. Someone drove around the neighbourhood to threaten people into doing the census. On a Sunday nonetheless.
SO was the one who found the census paperwork. Which was then followed up a census shoved under our door. Turns out half my neighbours were in the same boat because SO saw the familiar “DO THE CENSUS” mail we got. The wording like most Australian government letters was vague and very “do this or else”.
I agree with censuses providing information about law making policies but the questions were very very invasive. Like right down to “where do you live”. “Where did you live 5 years ago?” “Where do you work?” “What do you do in your job?” “Are you looking for work?”. We didn’t get why it was appropriate to put personal information identified on a website which hasn’t been proven to be secure. It’s already bad enough with the metadata laws – retention and not explaining how/why this data can be pulled. It’s a typical old baby boomer law making up computer stuff and having no fucking clue what they doing/talking about/why you need to spy on other people.
I think the big government would ALREADY have this information. What a farce. Laws and tax policies aren’t for people like SO. It’s for rich people, people with families only (lots of baby related questions) and baby boomers.
They sang the praises of nature, of the sea, of the woods. They liked making songs about one another, and praised each other like children; they were the simplest songs, but they sprang from their hearts and went to one’s heart. And not only in their songs but in all their lives they seemed to do nothing but admire one another. It was like being in love with each other, but an all-embracing, universal feeling.