Aside from the fact that I thought I could throw in a load of laundry before playgroup and have something good to wear, but could not, playgroup was a huge success. I seriously put all my good clothes in one load in hopes to have a selection. Big mistake. Luckily, these women over looked the poorly dressed newcomer and we had a great time.
Five women showed up. Given my limited seating space, six (including me) seemed to be just the right number. There are some fun women in the ward with lots of smaller children. I felt like I fit right in. Although I haven't known these women as long as they've known each other, we all had a lot to gab about. That's one of the things women do best. Everyone was appreciative and next months playgroup is already scheduled.
I think Parker benefit from this at least as much as I did. He's been dying for some friends and had a great time. He's still talking about all the big kids that came to play and has been asking to have playgroup again tomorrow.
This was a HUGE deal for me. It took a lot for me to call women I didn't know and give handouts to perfect strangers in the hallways at church. I have never been happier to step so far out of my comfort zone. It was well worth it. I think it will help acclimate me much faster...even faster than if I had just shown up at someone else's playgroup.
This was much needed and again, another step closer to feeling at home here.