I met up for the annual festive lunch today with some of my female relatives. Six of us in total and included 1 non smoker and 1 ex smoker (me :)).
I was the last to arrive and no sooner had I sat down when my non smoking Aunt proceeded to tell the rest of us that we were not allowed to go out for a smoke all together. She was sick of being left on her own time and time again each year.
I then proudly informed everyone that I would not be joining them for smokes between courses and drinks any longer as I had given up since Oct 15th.
All smokers were very pleased for me and openly admitted their respect and jealousy. During their, between the 4 of them, frequent trips outside for a smoke, never once did I think about or want, to join them for a smoke.
It didn't cross my mind to be pleased about not having to go out anymore in all kinds of cold wet weather but neither did it cross my mind that a smoke at any stage during the get together would have been nice.
A couple of smokers were expecting me to be all holy and righteous about it but that really is not my way. They respected my choice, I respect theirs.
Though I did take the opportunity to point out to my cousin that roll ups are much much cheaper and less stinky than tailor-made.
Only on getting home did I realise I'd not been effected either way by smoking/not smoking. What a lovely balance Very reassuring.