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  • I call them 'The Marrieds'.

    They are my dearest friend Michele's friends and family and most of them are married or in relationships and a lot of them have children so see each other at school all the time and look after each others kids so while I know many of them well, I don't run quite in the same circle so deeply or socialise with them other than at Michele's parties and gatherings. Although she does have quite a few, being the social creature that she is so I do see 'The Marrieds' regularly. And there are traditions Michele has set that bring us all together like her Eurovision parties and her pre-Christmas gatherings.

    And partying with 'The Marrieds' is quite different from partying with my single friends... it's surprising perhaps that at my age, many of my friends are still unmarried, but there are lots that haven't yet settled down, and of those who have, few live a suburban lifestyle, so I sometimes find myself a little out of the loop with the married folks. They know I act and make small films and someone always asks me if I've been in anything they have seen on TV yet? To which I always answer no. And talk to me about TV shows that I don't watch. And yet many of us are of an age and I cook and can be fairly domestic when I choose to be, and I live in the same area and (mostly) know who's who so we do have stuff in common too. Still, it feels like a strange dynamic sometimes.

    But invariably I have a great time at Michele's parties with 'The Marrieds'. There's a carefree quality about them and they're not trying to look cool or impress anyone, they don't have issues or moan about 'the industry' and there's just fun and drinks and silly comedy dancing (I'm quite good at comedy dancing myself) and lots and lots of laughter. And photographs.. there are always photographs. Because married people with children know that things change fast and you have to catch the moments and remember them so that those images trigger the memories and keep the happy times as precious things and the friendships close knit.

    And so sometimes, they take my camera and turn it on me, and save my happy silly moments too.
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