Last week Clare and I went to the park near our house. It is a great park, full of shade and plenty of play equipment for a child Clare's size. There were children of all ages running about, their moms looking on from benches nearby.
I saw a group of moms with children about Clare's age. At least two of them were pregnant, probably about as far along as me. I want to meet other moms in my neighborhood. I thought about talking to them, but I didn't.
Clare played by herself for awhile on the play equipment, and then dug a hole in the sand with a shovel someone left on the ground. She stood for awhile outside of a group of children playing, watching them. She didn't join in, even though it seemed like she wanted to.
Instead, she came and sat by me on the bench. She had her snack and swung her legs, and we both watched all the people around us.
I am sure with time we'll both make friends in our new neighborhood, but I wish it was easier to just start talking to people. In the mean time, though I can laugh to myself about how similar Clare is to me. And this video, which shows that at home she is not quiet or shy.
Ben says this is what I look like when I talk on the phone, too.