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I t felt like an endless winter. Joy, happiness, your youth, all seemed like they were about to fade. At last the first rays of providential sun are finally honoring us with their presence. Suddenly, you feel rejuvenated, like whipped by a fresh and new energy. Needing to reconquer a vivid social life and to live it to the full. However, it would be unfortunate to make a bad impression under such circumstances. The following code of conduct will be immensely valuable to help you keep a fine reputation while enjoying life’s simple pleasures.

The Toast.

1. The Toast. — From Latin “tostus“ (grilled), is said about a carbonized piece of bread, sometimes served with champagne. Ranging from little to very boring, depending on the charisma and imagination of the speaker, a toast is a gathering must. If you wish not to be greeted by obvious yawns from your audience, balance between length and dynamism is crucial. Feel free to be witty : graciously lying down on your host’s table and declaiming trivial anecdotes about him is an option with many benefits.

The Ballroom Dance.

2. The Ballroom Dance. — Dance - from Latin "tensus" (tensed), which ultimately illustrates your condition at the end of winter. The exact moment in a reception where a handful of guests try to get the attention by showcasing dance steps they spent weeks practising for. Resist to the consuming pulsion of showing your own skills! Get confortable, slightly aside and catch all the tiny details of the scene. It could be very handy in one of the following chapters (cf. The Confidences).

The break.

3. The break. — From Old English brecan (“to break“), which finally sums up your mindset after few hours of social gathering. The break allows to spot the experienced party animals among your fellow guests. The official aim of this polyvalent continuum is to realign potentially upset chakras. Of course, you can make the most of this break to powder up and set a list of goals to achieve before dawn.

The snack.

4. The snack. — From Middle Dutch snacken (“to snack“), good things come to those who wait… A more or less light, more or less formal meal you generally reward yourself with, after a physical or social accomplishment. A micro-wave heated pasta leftover eaten on the carpet sounds like an honorable option. Be careful not to be too greedy : drowsiness or a digestive nap would be unappropriate as it would divert you from living the last but not least moments of the night.

The gossip.

5. The gossip. — From Middle English gossib (“a confident“), how naive.This is your finest hour, the moment you step into the game.It is fashionable to list exhaustively any event, that might have caught your attention. Regardless of relevance. Thus, you and a selection of handpicked guests are dying to comment anyone going “off course“. (Example: Some participants haven’t resisted the siren calls and have once again given a show at the The Ballroom Dance...)

The Farewell.

6. The Farewell. — From Old English faer wel ! (“good journey“), come back as soon as you can. It is said that all good things must come to an end. Our first Spring reception is no exception. It turned out as a true baptism of fire. Generously thank your hosts and take leave, making sure that this delightful worldliness was only the first of a long and promising series.
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