.... has always been a challenge for me. So this year, I am acting with intent and putting myself out there, outside my comfort zone. Meeting new people, and cultivating new friendships.
I joined a book discussion group at the public library and what a treat that is turning out to be. We only meet once each month, and I can't wait for the next meeting. The group is good sized, about 12 attending, and everyone participates rather than being dominated by just a few. I'm really looking forward to getting to know these women better.
While at the grocery store, I heard a couple address their daughter, who looked to be about our own daughter's age, by a name that I recognized from Isabelle's class. So I asked Isabelle if that was the girl from her class. Of course she said yes, went running over to give her a big hug, and of course it was a different girl by the same name! But her parents are lovely, and we exchanged contact info anyway. We've already had a couple of meet-ups with and without the girls along.
And last week, when I went to the dealership to pick up my husband from work at the end of the day, he was just finishing up with a customer, so Isabelle and I went and sat over in the waiting area. It happened that the couple's daughter was there, the girls knew of each other from school, and we invited her to color with us. They exchanged snacks and finished off with a rousing game of animal charades. And after all that, how could I not chat with her mom and ask if she'd like to exchange contact info? Ooohhhh.. it's so much easier to write about than to do. But I did, and she was thrilled to make the exchange as she's new to town and doesn't have a wide range of friends either.
This thing called making friends, it takes work, but it's going to be so worth it.