It’s no secret that I’m a bit, awkward shall we say, in social situations. I am pants at making small talk and with a hideous sarcastic tone (think David Brent style talking) it’s safe to say, most aren’t sure what to make of me. When I don’t know people, I can seem shy even a tad arrogant as I’m rubbish at eye contact and “making the first move” by initiating chat with strangers. Seriously, in a waiting room I’m a NIGHTMARE.
I’m pretty stuck in my ways as I’ve reached my 30s and a familiar routine is what I’ve been accustomed to – God I sound such an old fart! This week however, I threw caution to the wind and went on a “Mum date”
Fellow blogger Sam from Porridge and Parenting moved to the area just before Christmas. Shropshire is a funny little place as nothing ever seems to happen here so to have someone move 10 minutes down the road who actually knew what blogging was and blogs herself was somewhat a revelation!
We chatted via Facebook and then decided to meet up for a coffee. Her little girl has just started nursery and my two go in the afternoon, so we thought we would meet up and it was lovely. It’s weird because I almost always have my little amigos in tow and you can hide behind them if conversation runs dry or you aren’t quite sure what to say. We joked that it was like going on a real first date but it was really nice.
I realised that you’re never too old to make new friends. With the girls starting school full time in September I am about to get a LOT of time on my hands and I’m going to need friends to help cure my boredom.
Being a full time parent with a husband that works away can be very lonely and isolating. I can’t do anything in the evening as there’s no one to look after the children and a lot of my close friends work full time. Some days, the only interaction I get is on the school run and doesn’t that sound sad?
I need to start “putting myself out there” more and stop being such a moody cow. What have I got to lose?
PS – we found a mutual love of chocolate cake and bacon. Winner!