This will have been the first year for ages that we haven't done anything on New Year's Eve. We used to celebrate lots when we were first married, then the children came along and it was an effort to stay awake up until midnight let alone go out partying. But then when they were school age we made a group of friends who became our close social circle. First the mums befriended each other in the school playground while waiting to pick up the children at the end of the day, then our children became friends, then we introduced the husbands to one another and we just all gelled. We hosted Murder Mystery parties, summer barbecues, went away on holiday together and always, always celebrated New Year, taking it in turns to be the venue. Adults downstairs, kids running amok and playing together upstairs, no babysitters required! Then one year we decided to ring the changes and ask grandparents to have the children to stay overnight and we went to a hotel for a New Year Dinner and staying there until the next day.
It had gone well past midnight, we were all slightly merry, not to mention tired and we moved from disco floor to the hotel reception to chat. Somehow or the other the conversation turned to bodily scars. I know, weird! My husband's scarred knee from where he had got gravel in it in a childhood bike related incident started the ball rolling. I countered that with a not very neatly sewn appendix scar (don't worry, I didn't reveal it to all, they had to use their imagination), someone else had a shoulder scar following an op to fix a dislocated shoulder and so on and so on. Some random guy walked past and happened to pick up on the conversation and asked if he could join in. Of course - sit down, show us what you have to share. At which point he lifted up the leg of his trousers, detached a prosthetic part of his calf and showed us where he had been bitten by a shark whilst scuba diving.
That lumpy bumpy knee and unattractive appendix didn't seem so ugly after all! What's the weirdest conversation you have overheard?