Thursday, October 14, 2010

'tis the season

for a frightening anecdote.

do
enjoy.

once upon a time there was a girl named, well, this girl is me. she (me) having just made an unexpected--less than welcome--relocation across these great united states, has found herself mostly, ummm, friendless, if you will (will you?), and lonely. shocked? appalled? me too. but, allow me to point out that even the most outgoing of souls (which the aforementioned is often categorized) would feel much the same in a scenario such as hers. change is not her (my) forte. least of all the unexpected. yet, here she was. without friend--or foe, for that matter. (the glass is still half full, let us not forget.) one day, loins girded, she headed "downtown"* to her son's soccer game, where she told herself she was going to put some of her (my) incessant-need-to-talk-skills to good use, by approaching some of these women she has met once or twice in her recent comings and goings in her new small town. she did. in fact, she approached three women she'd seen here and there. she counted because she was nervous. unusually so. unfortunately, conversation wasn't exactly the friendship-blossoming, love-at-first-sight kind she'd hoped to strike. in other words, no play-dates were made. but it was a start. feeling proud of herself for taking the proverbial bull by it's accompanying horns, she (me) sat down on the blanket and patted herself on the back. it was then that she noticed...her sweater...was on...inside out.

like an unfastened balloon being released into the air, so went the wind from her sails.


happy halloween.


*come to my town. you will then see why i went so far as to quote downtown. (but seriously. come to my town. i would love a visitor.) and yes, it is commonly referred to as "downtown."

21 comments:

Stacey said...

Oh abbs I will be your friend, even if you don't know how to dress yourself. Lets get together next week for sure!!

Erica said...

Bahahaha! I love it! The other day, I was at the gym in the middle of a Zumba class. We stopped for a water break in between songs and I see this girl looking at me and kind of smiling. I thought, "Hey, maybe we could be friends!!!" So I smiled...really BIG...back at her. Then she said, "Um, I think you're drinking out of my water bottle." And I was. Dang it!

But seriously, how could anyone not want to be your friend?! You're one of my favorite people to talk to in the world! What town are you in? How far is it from Phoenix?

Rachel said...

You are so fashionable, they probably thought it was a purposeful faux pas, and you will see all of them wearing their sweaters inside out at the next soccer game.

I'm glad we got to see you last week!! Hopefully we will see each other again soon!

Jana Brookes said...

Come over and hang out with me! We are just sitting around most days. I need someone to talk to cause my stinkin mom keeps leaving on these crazy long trips! Oh, and btw, we got rid of our home phone, so I just have my cell # now. Do you have it?

annie said...

my sweater has holes in it. can i be your friend?

love your writing.

abbyjane said...

that is precisely the reason i put the sweater on in the first place. my shirt had a hole in the back.

Bekah said...

How can YOU not have friends? This is preposterous! Don't these Salem-ites know what they're missing out on?

Good luck, Abs. We ALL miss you and your family so much.

Michaelson Family said...

You are a riot. I love the way you write. Thanks for the smile today...

Melanie said...

ha ha ha! I saw a lady walking around like that the other day! I smiled and laughed to my self! we are in such serious "abby withdrawls" that we had to beg some one else to come stay with us. garretts mom was happy to oblige!I cannot tell you how much fun we had with you!

Melissa said...

I will and want to be your friend. We shall plan a playdate with our children:) When and where- you let me know!! I love you!!

annie said...

so should i get you a shirt with no holes in it for your birthday?

Douglas Family said...

Let's look on the bright side, your fly could have been down instead, right? You will make friends very, very soon, and those of us left behind will still be your forever friends. Miss u tons!

The Chases said...

I know exactly how you feel! :) Don't you love trying to make friends. Can we hang out? I would love to hang out with you guys and so would my girls. We might have to watch so there is no smooching between the two kiddos though. Ha!!

annie said...

ps if you don't tell me what you want for your birthday, you're getting art. you might get art even if you tell me.

abbyjane said...

art is fine with me as long as you come tell me where to hang it. i have a giant pile of pictures needing homes on my walls. included in the pile are the trio of prints you gave me circa 2006, i believe?

Shawn said...

I wanted to come and see you and Jana while I was there last week but I didn't because sometimes I'm lame that way. I'm sure you'll get friends SOON because you're so FUN!

Nicea said...

I hate when I've got the proverbial bull but its accompanying horns and all the wind goes out of my sails. But I love that you live down the virtual street from me instead of across the literal continent.

Maida said...

I know how you feel...I'm not a big fan of sudden unexpected change either! we'll have to get together sometime soon! Good luck "friend-dating/hunting"! :)

Corinne said...

good stuff Abby! Next time you see Megan (I realize this could be a while...it's worth the wait) ask her about the Halloween party she went to this year...also good stuff.

rachel said...

Abby, we miss you and love you and think you are great!

Douglas Family said...

pls blog...I miss you so much and need to hear from you :)