Lindsay mentioned on Facebook that she was heading to the zoo.. and funny as it was, we had already decided that we were going that morning too. So I mentioned to her that we might actually get to go and therefore could meet! Fun!
When we got there it was as if we already "knew" each other because we follow each other on each others' blogs. It's neat. But after the fact I felt I had to apologize to her because I was sure I made a horrible "real life" first impression. Why?
Because having kids has made me inept in the social interaction department. Actually, having three very young kids, that is. My good friends that I see all the time could tell you that I just don't do very many play dates because I just don't get the opportunity to finish a thought, much less a sentence.
I am okay with this season of my life, mind you, but I know it has to come across and my being rude or, worse, uninterested in others.. But nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, at this particular event I had "lost" the boys a couple of times. By that I mean.. they went from the sprinklers to the "playground area" like little CIA undercover operatives (aka.. without my knowing it). I am sure I seemed like I was the most absent minded parent but the truth is that I can only focus on one thing at a time.. conversation or my children. I can't do both.
I know moms understand.. but i just feel better not doing a play date because then I don't have to keep apologizing for the lack of focus on the conversation. At least, until my youngest child is four.. and at the rate we are going with kiddos that could be a while.
Moral of the story: take the opportunity to meet "Internet friends" you will be blessed. Also, don't volunteer to take my kids to the zoo. :-P