Unfortunately, one of my three friends is moving to North Carolina next week. Boohoo! (Unfortunate for me, but fortunate for her and her husband -- he is taking a promising new job.) I'm excited for her, but I'll miss her and her sweet little girl.
We just switched wards, of course, and I've met many nice acquaintances here. I hope some friendships develop. It's hard to make friends once you're an adult. (Especially if it was already hard enough when you were a kid!)
---Important Interjection: Sawyer has torn apart an empty Herr's Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips bag and is LICKING the salty-sour residue from the inside of the bag. I think we know whose child this is! ---
Okay, back to the difficulty of making friends. (Hmmm, maybe the fact that I'm the type of person from whom a child could learn something like that has something to do with my inability to make friends?) This post about missing friends, especially when family is far away too, on the blog Ali Loves Curtis really struck a chord with me. (Ali was the mastermind of dearly-departed Your Heart Out -- no new content since January 2010, but still lots of great stuff in the archives, so go ahead and click that link). I look at that post and think, if someone cute and funny with an up-to-date wardrobe and haircut and a knack for graphic design, writing, and photography, who can manage to get noticed by Elle Decor --- if this person is having a hard time making meaningful connections in a new town, what hope do I, having NONE of those things, have? Of course, I made most of my best friends when I looked like this (or previous years' versions of the same basic look), so let's say looks aren't everything when it comes to making friends. But what is? How do you do it? Who are your closest friends right now, at this phase of your life, and how did you make those connections? Tell me your experiences and give me your best advice.
By the way, this post isn't meant to be sad. That's why it's called "DON'T Cry For Me, Pennsylvania". I like it here and there are lots of great things to see and do, and many nice people. Of course, that doesn't mean I'm not looking forward to my vacation to Utah in two weeks, and hoping to see as many friends as possible while I'm there!