“Come Dine With Me” is a TV series where four or five contestants are each given a chance, for points, to entertain the others with a meal in their homes. The conversations that go on at these dinner tables are quite something to listen to.
At one table on last night’s programme, the host, wanting to invoke conversation, asked the question, “What would you do if you were given one day to rule the world?” One person dived in and said he would arrange and take everyone in the world to a gigantic party in Vegas. Everybody laughed. Another said she would provide healing for everyone who needed it. Aaah! So nice, said the others. Another guy said he would build houses for all who didn’t have homes. Aaah! What a thoughtful thing to do, came the response. Then a petite and demur little woman, sitting rather quietly, said with surprised gusto that she would round up all those who had committed horrendous crimes and hang the whole bloody lot of them. An uncomfortable silence. Nobody spoke. Then, after an embarrassing pause, the Vegas party arranger shifted in his chair and mumbled, “Well, I suppose that’s one way of giving the world a spring clean.” Silence. Unable to contain himself the home builder suddenly burst out laughing. The others followed. The demur little woman sat in bewilderment. What! she said.
I have to tell you, I sat at that table and shared in their discomfort (tongue in cheek, I might add), but also in the sheer relief of their laughter. 🙂