Do you want to be my friend?
August 5th, 2009
In some ways, I think we never really progress past the third grade approach to friendship. A passed note with the words: Do you like me? Circle Yes or No.
Striking up a friendship can be a remarkably intimidating thing, especially out here in the grown up adult world. Years of school provided a ready supply of friends with built in activities like study groups and study breaks and organized sports and whatnot.
But now? Now you pretty much have to muster up your courage and just say: “Hey, you seem cool. Do you want to hang out?”
And hope and pray it doesn’t seem like you’re hitting on your would-be friend.
Or, you can embrace the third grade and send them a note. Which is what I did to the parents of one of Miss Mouse’s day care friends. Baby Max usually arrives about the same time Miss Mouse and I show up. They seem pretty cool and I want to have them over. But somehow it’s hard to just say the words. So I opted for a note. Here’s what it said:
Dear Max. I really like playing with you at school. You are my early morning friend. Do you want to come over and play at my house some time? My mommy and daddy said it was okay. My mommy’s phone number is ___ and her email is ___. Your friend Miss Mouse.
And now I wait with baited breath.