In the spirit of Officer Jones, I went to my 7th grade daughter’s open house last night, and re-introduced myself to several people. You know, people whose names (after four years of our kids going to school together) I “should” know. Or maybe I once knew, but it’s been so long, we just needed to reconnect.
I worked very hard to learn my daughter’s new friends’ names and to introduce myself to their parents. It really took very little extra effort. And it felt great.
It’s not that I was ever unfriendly. At least not intentionally. I think it’s more a matter of being absorbed in my own agenda. This seems to be a recurring theme in my life: stripping away a little more of self, one layer at a time. DOES IT NEVER END??
I was really amazed. Not one person said:
- I remembered YOUR name. What is wrong with you?
- I would really prefer not to associate with you.
- I was hoping you wouldn’t introduce yourself to me.
And just in time for the DFW Bloggers Get Together, which is shaping up nicely. I need to start memorizing names and faces RIGHT NOW! If you are interested in joining us the last weekend in October (we even have a few flying in!), you can get more information here.
I'm volunteering to bring nametags.