When you are born you inherit friends. Whoever, your parents are friends with, you become friends with their kids. Those initial friends tend to stick because your parents force you into the same activities and classes and you enjoy every second of it. My very best friend growing up was Tanae. We did everything together because we had parents that enjoyed each other and we were the same age. We danced, we sang, we played the piano, we went to school together, church together and had many a sleep overs.
Then you hit college and you are forced to make new friends on your own. Friends you have never met before. Sometimes you are forced into friendships because you live with them (I loved my roommates). Sometimes you find friends in unexpected places. But they can just be people you click with. You, no family, just you.
Boom! You are married and you have to find friends for the two of you. Not just friends you like, but friends he likes. Being married to Tyler makes that easy. He likes everyone. (We are a little loud though, so not everyone likes us).
KABOOM! The cycle starts all over because you have a kid. Now, you have to find friends for you, him, and this new little munchkin. What Pressure!
Newest Friend Making experience: Emree and I went to the Library Reading Time. It was free and I figured, what the heck! She didn't do well, but mostly because I didn't bring snacks. I didn't know all the kids would be sitting there eating there delectable treats right in front of my child's pouty lip. She just stared at them, hoping any second they would throw something her direction. No one did and so we said "BYE" after about 15 minutes. That is when we headed to the swings just outside the library. There they were. Two new friends and they didn't even know it, we didn't even know it. In fact. if we had we would have been even more excited. I put Emree in a swing right next to a little boy her size and a Mom that looked kind of fun like me. One conversation later and phone numbers exchanged.
I think we are going to enjoy our friendship with Katie and Mason. Now, we just have to see if their Dad clicks with our Dad.
(Emree and Mason at...the ZOO-where else?!)