At Levi's preschool orientation last month, I was watching these moms from afar when another mom caught my eye. Abandoned and alone, she looked like a dear in the headlights. She very clearly knew no one else (just like me). If I was on my A game, which I wasn't, I would have moved her direction. Maybe introduced myself, maybe set up a play date. Gosh - I was a coward. It was so much easier to just pretend I was too busy playing with Levi to go over and say hi.
For the rest of the week, I was kicking myself. Why didn't I make that first move? Would it have killed me to just say, "Hi?" Especially knowing she was probably feeling just as intimidated and awkward in the group of other moms. So I prayed for a few weeks that I'd get the chance to make good on what I should have done the first time.
Of course, God answers prayer. Tears stung my eyes when Levi's teacher gave me my carpool assignment for the class field trip on Monday. It was just the mom I had been hoping to have a chance to reach out to. I got my chance to move.
We bonded quickly in the 10 minute car ride over the intricacies of living in Manheim and raising a four year old shy, car-loving, only child boys. We exchanged numbers and loosely made future plans.
I wonder how many other opportunities for friendship I am missing...even in my long established friendships. I love my friends like crazy, but often feel a struggle to stay connected. Different states, different work schedules, different life paths, sometimes it can be so hard to find time to catch up. When I don't move to make a phone call or type a quick text, I am missing opportunities for connection, which I so desperately need...which we all need.
|Girlfriends who showered me with kindness on my 30th birthday|
(I don't have a theme for my 31 days - so I'm using it as a journaling / writing exercise and writing bared in these prompts.)