For a long time now I've been complaining, jealous of all the Pumpkin Patch Mom's who've been able to meet up. I'm geographically in a bad place, only one other Mom lives near me and she's one of our quieter Mom's.
Last week I finally got my turn!
One of our Mom's came to town for a conference and I went to meet her for dinner.
I want to tell a bit about the lead up.
I've said it before, I'm saying it again. I'm shy. In a room full of strangers you probably won't hear my voice. In a room full of people I know casually, you likely won't hear more than a few sentences.
In a room of friends, I won't shut up (and this is likely how the PP thinks of me as I have more posts than anyone else but like 500 I think - yeah, a virtual chatterbox)
But before the dinner I said to Sean "I'm nervous. I know I've been chatting with this woman for 4 years but technically she's still a stranger. What if I freeze up? What if I can't do 'small talk'? What if I run out of things to talk about? Maybe I shouldn't go."
Sean's answer, "What if this is like a craigslist thing and this woman is actual some crazy man who's making his rounds one by one and attacking women?"
"Unlikely. I doubt any psycho has the attention span to invest 4 years into making us all think he's a woman"
So when I arrived at her hotel I was sitting in the lobby waiting for her to come down I sent Sean a text. It said 'Holy shit, she's a man!!'
He texted back 'Well if his penis is bigger than mine, lie'
My hubby is such a joker.
It turned out I had nothing to worry about. Conversation was easy. Small talk was non existent. It seems, in a situation in which you've spent 4 years getting to know someone online, small talk is not necessary - we just jumped right into genuine conversation. And she was fabulous.
I know I was a bit quiet, I hope she doesn't think anything of that because truth be known I had a fantastic time meeting her and talking and I'm so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and went.
And now that I've met one Pumpkin Patch Mama, I'm anxious to meet more. And as it turns out, I probably will in a couple of more weeks. The Mama who lives close by to me is coming to our Spring Tea!!