Let’s play a game of pretend. Let’s pretend we’re reading this after we’ve all gone to Heaven and there’s been a resurrection of the dead and everyone’s happy and all that.
At that point, I think it’ll be pretty normal to socialize with angels, assuming for the moment that angels are social beings who like to hang out with one another. And eternity is a long time, so it’s also not a far bet that at some point, any one of us will find ourselves at a gathering and be the only human in attendance.
So there you are: you’ve been invited to your guardian angel’s house for games or to watch a movie or to go out horseback riding or a violin lesson or knitting. Or all of the above. You arrive and the house is full of angels tuning up or setting up or whatever.
First: what do you bring as a “hostess” gift to an angel? One assumes food products wouldn’t be required (angels don’t eat, even if I bake them a cake sometimes) and similarly I assume they wouldn’t drink a bottle of wine. Maybe a house plant?
Second: after you’ve been hanging around for two or three hours, your guardian angel will (wisely) remember that since you’re human, and human gatherings usually involve some element of food, that it would be nice to provide a meal for you. So everyone gathers in the dining room…
…where they watch you eat?
Even more awkward if you brought a plate of brownies as a hosting gift and the angel then says, “Oh, go ahead, have all you like.” Yeah. Awkward.
My Patient Husband assured me that one of the rules for super heroes (per Ambush Bug) is “Eat, even if you don’t have to,” and that quite probably the angelic members of the gathering would eat something just to make you feel at home. But that gets into the whole area of whether a good guest would make her host feel uncomfortable in order to accommodate the guest, or whether the guest should suck it up and abide by the general standards of the host and the majority of the other guests.
I have trouble enough understanding the rules of human socialization. Is there an angelic Miss Manners out there who can clarify the rules for interspecies socialization for those of us who plan to hang out with angels someday.