Anyway, needless to say, people found out. NOBODY came up to me and said, "Hey I hear your honoring our colleague, I'd love to help out or contribute," or "It would be important for me to share this moment with her." NO, none of that. They didn't even congratulate her and most had no idea about this big milestone. Instead, they started gossiping about "who was invited and who wasn't." It became this popularity thing and now everyone thinks that I am stuck up and exclusive. The secretaries especially are upset and have (I believe) purposely been rude to me this week. It is a really bad thing to be on your school secretaries bad side. I guess I'll get them Starbucks cards at the holidays. It usually appeases them until the end of the year.
Anyway, needless to say, the dinner was amazing and my colleague was touched and surprised. It was a truly beautiful moment that I will never forget. I do not regret not inviting the negative gossipy people, I wish they would just stop talking about it. It's a waste of my energy and takes away from this special time for my colleague.