Friends Wanted: Crazy People Need Not Apply
I moved to California a year ago. Everything is going well - the kids are happy in their schools, we've settled in nicely, my career is moving forward - but the only thing missing is the joy that having some solid friendships can bring. Since I've moved here, I haven't been fortunate enough to really meet anyone that I've connected with. But that's just a part of the equation - it would also be really nice to have a few sets of "couple" friends.
You know the types - you like the same things, have kids around the same age, and both you and your husband can stand to tolerate both her and her husband. We need some of those couple friends. My parents had lots of them - I remember hearing their laughter and the clinking of glasses at the front of the house while all of us kids played in the back of the house and eventually fell asleep in a fort that we built in the hallway. I'd love some friends like that - but they are hard to find. Sometimes we'll like the husband, but the wife is annoying. Or the couple seems a little TOO eager. Or they aren't funny enough or take themselves too seriously. None of these things are acceptable in our new, fictional friends.
So, last week when my husband and I were at dinner we started joking about what a "wanted" ad for our ideal friends would look like. Here's what we came up with:
Wanted: 30-something Orange County Couple with children and occasional free evenings. Looking for friendship, dinners out, and occasional shared carpool duties with same. You are fun-loving, have had minimal plastic surgery, and are slightly left-leaning (Obama 2012!). Blabbermouths and know-it-alls need not apply. Ability to tolerate our constant use of our iPhones without being offended (we swear we are still listening to you!) a plus. Interested couples can tweet us for further details - @ErikaB and @MorganB.
Do you have friends that you just 'click' with? What would your want ad say?