A One Act Play - Set in current day Suburbia
Older Wise Mother: Hmmm. And your children are in the same school?
Young Energetic: Yes.
Old Wise: Well my dear, I hate to break it to you, but it sounds like you are socially invisible to Sally Jones.
Young Energetic: But, I don't understand. We have been at the same parties and events. We know a lot of the same people. To my knowledge I have never offended her. Lots of people enjoy my company.
Old Wise: Yes, my friend - including me. Now, let's run through the possibilities. 1) She is very busy and important and genuinely does not remember meeting you. 2) She knows she has met you but is playing some sort of weird 'I am too fabulous to know you game.' 3) She is shy, socially awkward and does not know how to interact with other humans. 4) She has been crazy busy being the perfect mother for the past 5 years and has only recently awoken from a Rip Van Winkle type coma and deserves another chance.
Young Energetic: So what should I do the next time I see her?
Old Wise: Because you are a kind person and a polite one, I know you will not give her a does of her own medicine and pretend you don't know her. When you see her around town simply say "hello" as you would to a neighbor, mail man or person you recognize but do not know well. If she looks a you blankly or disdainfully just keep moving knowing you have done the courteous thing. Remember if she is playing some weird head game the only way she can win is if you let her make you uncomfortable.
Young Energetic: That's true. Good strategy. What if we get introduced again?
Old Wise: I think in that case I would let her speak first and if she does not say anything just say "It is so nice to see you. " and follow the conversational lead of the person who introduced you. If it is awkward just drink up quickly and say "Oh my I seem to be our of champagne, will you excuse me?" and get on down the road. You are an interesting person with wonderful friends and if she does not wish to count herself among them it is her loss. You should not feel embarrassed or uncomfortable because someone else is oblivious or rude.
Young Energetic: I'll do it!