Did I ever tell you before how I got to know all these friends of mine in all kinds of countries? I don’t believe I did.
Before I settled down, got married and children I used to travel a lot. That already started when I was in college. I spent some time in Europe as an exchange student. After that I went back many times for my job as a wine merchant. As you will know, Europe is still the heart of wine production in the world. France obviously, but also Italy, Spain and Germany. I was always looking for fine wines for my company to buy and sell. That is how I got to know another of my friends that this story is about.
Aziza lives in Dortmund, being married to a German man called Manfred, but she actually comes from Malaysia. From Dortmund to the Southwest of Germany there are large wine estates, one of them being owned by Aziza and her husband. They produce a very fine white wine that I immediately decided to buy for my company.
As it turned out, Aziza and I got along really well so I went back as often as I possibly could. I was there when her daughter Sophie was born!
Sophie is now 5 years old and well aware of her background. One evening Aziza, keeping her Asian heritage alive, had died Sophie’s hands with henna. Something very common in Asian and Arabian culture, but not that much in Germany.
When Sophie went to school next day naturally her girlfriends asked about the painting on her hands, so Sophie explained to them it was henna. Her girlfriends, completely astonished all shouted out: What? Were they done by Hannah Montana? They all wanted to meet her and Sophie had to ask Aziza for help to explain she did NOT know Hannah Montana, but that she does know henna and how to dye hands with it.
After the girls had overcome their disappointment of not getting to meet Hannah Montana, they all went to school the next day with a beautiful henna painting on their hands.
My friend Kelly finally got to get married with her boyfriend she knows already for 4 years. And as we are very good friends, we decided to give a party before she dives into the state of a married woman.
Kelly always looks amazing! And her skin is absolutely fantastic! It is smooth and it has a natural glance. She reveals her beauty secret with the following code: 1-ICT-2! Which implies a weekly use of ICT treatment of Paul Penders plus 2 litres of water per day!
Apart from her shining appearance, she wears the most fantastic (2nd hand!) designer clothes. But she also has a nose for new flashy jewellery from young new designers as well.
She never leaves the house without her makeup, her hair done and her stylish clothes and shoes with perfectly fitting jewellery.
It gives her a lot of pleasure looking great, not for others, but just because she loves to take care of herself and thus feel good.
If we go to a pub, a restaurant or disco, everyone turns his eyes on her, just because she is great to look at.
But our dear friend is going to get married, and we planned an evening of fun, just for women. So we took her with us to disco bowling! As we went to the counter to register, not only the cashier, but everyone in the room was very impressed by the looks of our Kelly. For this evening we dressed her up being a sexy cat! Black body suit, Cat ears, Cat tail, red nails and black stiletto’s! And our Kelly played her part well being a cat!
After registration, we needed to change shoes to green plastic sneaker-like footwear. And we started to play a game surrounded with disco music and video clips. The green and red cocktails in pineapple glasses were great and it took not long before our neighbour bowlers (all men!) invited us to play against them. We took up the contest, and started to play. Kelly was a bit tired of all the excitement of being a cat and all the attention she got, and sat at the desk pitying the green bowling shoes she needed to wear, instead of the great black stilettos.
The game was very exciting! The 2 teams matched each other and there was no winner yet! The men distracted Sheila who needed to score. And they succeeded! In their round they managed to get the maximum score and they already celebrated their success.
Then Kelly came up. She looked determined. She took a bowling ball, put her red nails into the holes of the ball, started to move as a cat slowly up the bowling lane ended up running on her stiletto shoes and threw the heavy ball to the pins! But in the running mood she slipped, and followed the ball a few meters up the lane! It was quiet, everyone looked at the woman dressed up as a black cat lying and not moving at the bowling lane. Maximum score!
It was still quiet, because we all thought Kelly was hurt. So we all speeded up to her to give help. When we came by, we saw her shaking. We tried to turn her around gently and then we saw her bursting into laughter! We were relieved, it all looked so funny. We laughed and could not stop laughing for the rest of the evening. And the men, they bought us another cocktail!
Brenda’s friends are short stories of experiences of modern women. As Brenda is entirely made up by the writer, notice that she and her friends do not really exist! Thus people and stories are fiction. We hope you get an insight in our thoughts and values in life. Sometimes serious, sometimes just funny. Enjoy and we hope you get good understanding about Brenda’s approach to life!