Your hospitality is greatly anticipated. Whatever would you like us to gift your gathering with? Surely there is something my darling Mr. Blakely and I could spare to contribute. Reply at your leisure. Though, I only request that you do please bear in mind that I do so look forward to your return message, and accordingly I beseech you; don't delay beyond reasonable necessity, kind lady.
Now, I fully expected to receive back from her a "haha", "lol"... "you weirdo" or something to that effect and then a brief response. INSTEAD, to my surprise and delight, this was her reply:
My lovely Mrs. Blakely,
I am much obliged for your prompt reply. I look forward with delight and anticipation our union on Monday next. I am quite grieved for your sake of the scheduling conflict but am hopeful to have you united to us in due time. I pray for your timely arrival in the 5 o'clock hour. Please inform your dear children that mine look to the pleasure of their company.
Please do not trouble yourself with providing for the soiree, but if you desire a side of salad or dish of potato thins would be well received. I look to your delightful company with great anticipation.
Her response caught me completely off-guard, I thought it was so funny that I made my husband read the exchange out loud and we were both laughing - almost to tears. Truly, what a friend! I added this to my "keep" folder. [So I can laugh about it again sometime.] I love having a friend who will not only accept me in all my ridiculousness, but join me in it. I love you - you know who you are!