I got caught up in a goofy radio show, while I was driving to Jenny's apartment. You know ... the overly exuberant hosts, talking about some silly topic and inviting their listeners to call in with their own stories.
Fortunately, Jenny only lives 10 minutes away, so I did not listen for long.
The topic - the main reason that women feel fear when they drop their kids off at preschool ... they are afraid of the women that are in the "cool group."
My immediate sarcastic response was "are you kidding me?" But the interesting thing is ... I have been thinking about this radio program all week.
Friendships are a tricky business, eh?
While I have never been "in the cool group", I have never felt intimidated by those that are. I want to get to know them, too, so I treat them like everyone else.
I choose to barge into their lives, even if they are prettier, skinnier, smarter or any other _____er.
*I am friendly.
*I ask questions.
*I invite them to my house for tea.
Yes, I barge in.
And guess what? They become dear friends. I have found that they are usually lonely. Other women are somewhat afraid of them.
How silly ... we all need each other.
And ... I discover that we are all cool.
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another." John 13:34a