No matter how old I get and how many great friends I have, I sometimes still feel like an awkward teenager when I'm with a group of women I don't know.
Today when I was picking up my little one, I was standing there while a few moms were talking and joking with each other. They talked about their plans together for that afternoon and looked at each other and laughed out loud. And there I was just standing there like a big dork not talking to anyone and no one really talking to me.
For a few seconds I felt self conscious and sad but then I realize that I was being silly.
There are many days when I'm the mom talking to my friends at pick up, laughing and joking. And then I realized that on those days maybe there's a mom there that doesn't know us that is silently listening and feeling kind of awkward and left out, like I felt today.
It's then that I remind myself to make sure I look and smile at that mom next time so she knows that she's included and welcome even if she's not included in our little friend circle.