are you listening to this conversation next to us? hilarious. for the sake of the retelling i shall call them clare and marcy:
marcy: so you have all your nieces and nephews, your brothers' kids!
clare: no, all my nieces are from john's side.
marcy: oh, so none from your brother?
clare: no, actually i don't have a brother. but i have a sister.
marcy: oh, that's right! a sister. an older sister.
marcy: oh, yes! a younger sister. and she's an... artist. some sort of an artist.
clare (with her mouth full): first grade.
marcy: a first grade artist! well that's great.
clare: no, a first grade teacher.
marcy: right! and her name is.... breanna.
marcy: ha, well, i guess i don't really remember that much about your sister! well that's all great!
clare: yeah, it's nice. we're really close. i'm going to go and see her next weekend.
marcy: oh how nice! on staten island?
clare: new jersey.
this is why i'm laughing:
marcy: the thing about these parties is that they begin...... and they end.