My four year old son is in this mini-sports camp this week. At first he was apprehensive when we pulled up to the park.
"But where's my preschool?" he asked.
"I told you, this is not at your school, but here in Woodbury."
"But where are all my friends?" he whimpered.
Feeling a little bad, but not about to abandon this camp that I paid over $80 for I cheerily said, "You'll make new friends!"
After a little hesitation, he sat down with the other kids and listened as the coaches explained what they'd be doing this week.
Yesterday, at the end of the 2nd day of camp, my son apparently took my advice seriously and decided to make some new friends.
"Mom, can we have Dominic come to our house to play?"
"Um, sure, we'll see," I replied.
So here's my dilema. How do I do this? I guess I'll have to invite the mom and boy over sometime for lunch or something. (I REFUSE to use the word "playdate." Something about it completely irritates me). I'm quite apprehensive. I'm NOT great at small talk, and I've found through the years that I have to have more in common with someone than just being a stay at home mom to make a connection. I've been to too many "mom things" where I just didn't feel right. All that middle school angst setting back in. (Now if the mom was a teacher, I could talk to her for hours!).
I didn't really think that when I told my son he'd have to make new friends, I'd have to make them too!!!!