Sunday night, Mr. Dawn and I went to dinner with a couple that lives on our street.
Have you ever done that? I hadn’t. I’m much more used to keeping my life compartmentalized. The people that I run with, I run with. The people I see at church, I see at church. And the people in the neighborhood, well we chat while we’re out on walks or doing yard work, or when a new house goes up for sale. I’ve never taken the steps of developing the social-friendship with people that I live near.
It has been downright delightful. Actually, full-disclosure, this was our second double-date. They are expecting their first child and it’s so fun to be talking nursery furniture and parenting classes with another couple.
I have to give credit where credit is due…Mr. Dawn is our social coordinator. I’m a bit shy and reserved when it comes to people I don’t know. I’m not the one that is going to strike up a conversation with someone at the gas pump or restaurant. But him? He’s never met someone that he couldn’t talk to. Everyone is his new best friend, and I love it. It keeps my life full of new and exciting people and prevents me from sitting at home every night watching The Office on Netflix. Instead I have a new soon-to-be-mom that lives near AND a new playmate for Little G.
Thanks Mr. Dawn!
Have you ever made a friend in one context and they crossed-over to be a social friend?
When was the last time you struck up a conversation with a total stranger?