I haven't gotten around to uploading the pictures from my trip; hopefully I'll do that tomorrow. But, I was just thinking (read: finding ways to not do the dishes) two things about life.
1. Making friends is much, much harder than it used to be. There are so many more considerations: not only do I have to find someone about my age, plus or minus 5-8 years, but I have to find someone with kids about my kid's age, Who Like Each Other. I had Lillian when I was pretty young, so most people my age are just having their first baby, while I have two. And, Lillian's only social sometimes, other times, she just wants to play with the other kid's toys, and not the kid. I only have one friend, but I'm working on a second.
I feel like I'm dating all over again. I get up the nerve to call and schedule a play date, then I have to wonder how long before I can call again. Did they have fun? I think our kids had fun together, but was it just one sided? Is two days too soon? Are they busier than me? If so, what are they busy doing? Can we come, or is that too much?
2. I sort of wish I could get married again. I was just barely 21 when I got married and I didn't care about a fancy reception. (A few people told me I was WAY too young to get married, and I thought I was very mature and plenty old. Now, I meet other 21 year-olds who are getting married and I think, 'Are you crazy? You're WAY too young to get married'.) My friends were all in their early 20's, most on missions, and as such did not have ways or means to travel long distances to be there. I wasn't very girly, I'm still not really, and I wasn't expecting to get married until I was at least 25, so I hadn't given the whole affair much thought. A small reception was what I wanted at the time, and I have no regrets about it. But, a single friend of mine recently showed me her wedding idea book, and I got a little googly-eyed. I wish I could get married again, now that I'm older and my friends are older. I would care about centerpieces and flowers, and putting candles in mason jars. I guess this is why people have anniversary parties. Would you come if we had a fancy party for our 5-year anniversary next year?