For those of you that know me very well, you will know that I am not an overly friendly person to people I don't know. I have to force myself to go out of my way and make conversation and get to know somebody. I think part of that is because the last 4 years have largely been spent in the company of my children, and I've lost the knack for small talk. I feel awkward when meeting new people because I don't know how to talk to them. The other part of it is probably laziness. I don't want to take the time and effort to cultivate new relationships. If they land on my lap, so much the better!
This past year has been better. We started going to a new church that has an active Mom's group, so every Tuesday I am forced to talk to people that while I probably would have never gone up to and talked to on my own, I am now glad to call them my friends. They're a great bunch of ladies! And, they have kids that are my kids ages, so my kids have friends too!!!
So, on to the point of my story!
I am sewing a dress for my friend Carla. It's really fun. It's purple/black paisley corduroy. The pattern belongs to my Mom and is from the 1960's. It's very retro. When it's done, I'll post a picture. We went shopping for material last week, and while I was walking into Fabricland, a girl from our church, Aoi, was walking out. She had been purchasing fabric to make herself a sexy apron (JUST for cooking, nothing else, because if you're like me, your mind probably jumped to something else entirely!) *I asked if I could mention the apron, she said I could even say sexy, but to clarify what the purpose was for.*
Anyway, she had seen Carla, who mentioned that I sewed, and so I was asked by Aoi to give her sewing lessons, since she had never sewn before. I am not a great teacher, but I taught my friend Sally to sew a dress, so I figured that an apron wouldn't be too hard. Tonight was her first lesson, and I had a lot of fun getting to know her. We only got as far as cutting out the material, but I think we got a lot farther getting to know each other better. She is someone that I would never have gone up to in church and talked to. We don't hang out with the same people, and there has never really been an opportunity to just talk. However, we have a lot in common. We're both Type A, organizational freaks (which I bold to show that it can be fun!), we both own a cat, we're both married, we like things done right away and not down the road...and I'm looking forward to getting to know her better.
To get to my point....I'm glad that I am making friends. I'm glad that I'm making a dress for one of my friends, and because of that, I'm glad that I didn't make an excuse as to why I couldn't teach Aoi to sew ("Um, sorry, I have 3 kids...." would probably have done the trick) but then I would have missed out on getting to know a great person!
And I apologize for that last run-on sentence.
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