Some of the best times I've ever had in my life have been unplanned affairs. Spontaneous get-togethers that seemed to just fall into place. It seems true that when one is young, one is in constant readiness for a good time. Saying YES seems much less complicated.
A dictionary will tell you that impromptu means "not prepared in advance" or something "suddenly or hastily prepared". But impromptu is actually a French word that comes from the Latin in and promptus which literally means "in readiness".
For many years now I have enjoyed declaring that you have to be prepared to be spontaneous. The idea at first seems a contradiction. And I don't mean merely having a willing spirit. I mean that one can order one's life in a way that allows for a departure from the norm, and always having a few things in actual readiness. Sort of like the overnight bag waiting for the going into labor, but much more fun!
A few simple and savory things on hand really gets you all the way there. But for that extra je ne sais quoi, knowing where to get a crusty loaf or a special dessert at a moment's notice is a useful bit of information. A candle, and a plain linen cloth makes a simple occasion memorable. Voila!
Ready for fun Summer nights? Always!
Ciao! for now!