On our weekly trip to the library Lorelei made a friend. We have only ever played with one other baby and that’s Trisha little girl, Madison and she is a bit younger than Lorelei. This little girl was a month older.
It was neat to see them interact. Lorelei seemed very excited to see her and the other little girl really wanted Lorelei’s paci. They both were wobbly walkers with two little bottom teeth and both said ramblings of “dadadadada”.
It’s funny that I learned the little girl’s name, but neglected at first to find out her mother’s name until Nora asked. The mom and I had a conversation about our kids and when Leisha (the mom) had to take her other little girl, Payton, to the bathroom she asked if I minded watching Addison. I didn’t, but then Lorelei grabbed her and made her cry… Oops! lol
It is very hard to make friends outside of a controlled environment and passed the age of like 12. I feel silly asking other moms their names and giving them mine. I’m completely inexperienced I think because I’ve always relied on church and friends of friends to broaden my social circle. Now it’s up to me and I ain’t doin’ so hot. THe only other place I go is the park and I only see moms that I would rather not be friends with. There are not any groups like the fabulous MOPS in Lakeland and it is very uncomfortable to stretch a conversation all the way to what feels like a second “date”.
I had a thought that maybe I should just get business cards printed up with all of my info on it to give out to these random strangers. The thing is, I wonder if these girls have time for making another friend? It’s a lot of work to build a friendship on top of your old friends and family taking up most of your time. I’m pretty happy with my current circle of family, but once in a while it would be nice to get together with another mom or two. This girl at the library seemed really nice. I also kindof leave it up to maybe running into her again at some point. A second contact might not feel as weird. It is also a little bit difficult to have a conversation with a toddler running around. I expect that I’ll make acquaintances once I go back to work, but that may be a while.
For the time being I will enjoy my family and work on my social skills. I’m bound to make a friend at some point, right? lol