|My name-tag - didn't think to take a pic|
of it until after I folded it up.
So, while Ed was off getting to meet new people and inquiring about their snap-chats, I was left to nod at lots of other parents and make small talk. I scanned the name-tags for parents who might reside near me. 90% of the people hailed from the same state the college is in, which is not Illinois.
Let's face it, Ed might meet friends that he might hang out with once he arrives at school, but I did not plan on becoming buddies with anyone because unless our college students ended up being friends - there was not much point in newly acquainted parents building a friendship. Right? (as a side note: this college is enormous!)
Before I ask you to weigh in on how I should proceed if I met a parent that I wanted to keep in touch with, let me describe the social existence (or more appropriately: the lack thereof) that Coach and I 'enjoy'.
Coach works crazy long hours. He HAS to talk to people while he attends to their physical therapy issues. I am the chattier of the two of us (shock). I am surrounded by tots during the day and I crave adult conversation by the time Friday rolls around, which is when Coach is all talked out.
During sports seasons at the high school, we might speak to other basketball player parents during half time. We invite people over here -rarely, but by the time we decide we have the energy to whip the house into shape and create a few appetizers most people already have plans. We strike out often.
Our Friday/Saturday specialty: collapsing on the couch and putting on a movie that we have most likely already seen and then falling asleep. We congratulate ourselves if we manage to stay awake until the credits.
So, hypothetically speaking: if I were to meet another parent at orientation, who lives not far from me, would you urge me to 1. send her a message on Facebook 2. look up her address and send her a note in the mail with my contact information 3. wait and see if her son ends up hanging out with my son?
Please vote in the comments below - come on, it is very low risk. I will not blame you if I am arrested for stalking this hypothetical person. I will share with you Ed and Coach's opinion on the matter, so you can look forward to their 'manly' approach.