Today I made a friend. It doesn’t sound all too ground breaking but in the world today, it is. We met in a toy store. Not a playgroup, not a toddler activity, but just in a regular, run of the mill toy store. I thought her son was 5. He wasn’t acting like a “normal” 5 year old but I can’t judge. I have a 2.5 year old that looks 4. He doesn’t act like he looks either. Her son starts interacting with me and showing me treasures he has found. I am cautious in my responses to him. Stranger danger means more now than ever before. Even if the other person has a kid too. You never know!
As I interact with her son and keep a close eye on mine, we start talking. In 20 minutes, I realize that this woman and I share so much! Our sons have very similar backgrounds and we are both struggling with our new roles. We ended up exchanging numbers and have plans to get together for play dates.
Why is this so important to me? Well, given the current state of the U.S. as well as sensationalism on the news (I don’t know why they feel the need to make things sound worse than they already are), you keep your head down and get on with your business. This was not the case today. I was willing to hear what this stranger had to say and she was willing to do the same for me. We both put ourselves out there and have gained new a life line.
I don’t know where this will lead or how long we will be in each other’s lives, but for 20 minutes on a day where I was struggling with loneliness, this woman showed me kindness and compassion. Hopefully situations like this one won’t seem like an anomaly as we continue on our adventures.