Thursday, November 1, 2012

Serendipity Play Dates

The other weekend Leilani and I were at home. She was bored, I was bored so we decided to go to the park. It was then that I realized that Leilani doesn't really have friends.

She has kids that she places with the building but theyre a bit to rugged for her and she usually comes home crying after playing with them.

I watched at the park as she played by herself, I wanted to do something to help her but didn't know where to begin. There aren't any play groups in our neighborhood and as much as I'd like to starting one would probably be too time consuming for me to effectively create one.

After sometime we headed home and began to get her ready for her ballet classes in the morning.

The next morning at dance we said hello to one of the little girls in her class and I chatted with the mother for the full 60 minutes of the class. Afterwards we said our goodbyes but I did something differently. I asked the mother if she'd like to join us at the Central Park Zoo and they said yes!

The day was spent at the zoo, the girls played, moms talked and then we went and grabbed lunch. It was such a great day that was completely unplanned. It felt great to watch Leilani play with a child that didn't bully her or punch her or tell her what she had to do.

And while Leilani and the little girl may not grow up together and be the best of friends for the rest of their lives, more importantly Leilani had fun without having to cry and I learned that I have to take more chances and invite people to play with us to start building friendships for the both of us.