Hey Baby, Come Here Often?
Here's the scenario:
I get an invitation to a beach party. I'm nervous. This is my big opportunity to meet someone special. You know, someone I can really spend my time with here in Dar. Someone who will listen to me when I'm down, play with my kids, be there for me when I need them. Someone to take away some of my loneliness of being a new girl in a new town.
I dedicate some time the day before trying to figure out what to wear. I want to project the right imagine. I want to try to fit in. Whether or not to wear a bathing suit is the biggest question on the table. Bathing suits don't really suit me. But what if everyone there is swimming?
Day of the party I stand back and scan the beach. Who do I find attractive? Who will help me meet all my aspirations above.
Finally, I find someone. I approach her.
Me: "So, have you been here before?"
Her: "Yes. I was here last year. And you?" [She's got a fabulous Russian accent!]
Me: "I'm new here, I just moved 3 weeks ago."
Her: "Wow, you are new blood!"
Me: "Yes, I am the new kid on the block."
Her: "And, [pointing at me] are those yours?"
Me: "Yup. I got two of them. Aren't they beautiful?"
Ladies and gentlemen... this is a real live story of the day I attended Jaden's and Rowan's end-of-the-year school party! I spent the entire day trying to "pick up" moms with kids in a similar age range with the hope against hope of making a new friend - or at least a playdate.
And I didn't do too badly...
I ended up with two phone numbers. This is much better than I would have done in an actual pick-up scenario.
And now, I'm waiting the requisite three days before I call. I want to seem interested, but not too interested :)