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  • Writer's pictureSarahHauer

Getting to Know You

I have a meetup with a new person, a new friend, tomorrow. We met briefly, found we have a common interest, and now that covid has slowed way down we are getting together to get to know each other better.

I don't know about all of you, but covid has done a number on my social life. I was already pretty much locked up because of lupus for a number of years, but at least I was able to get out once in a while. This past year with covid, even I have felt the social strain.

Not tomorrow. I am getting out. This is my second outing. My first was last week when I met this person who was also venturing out for an outing.

Talking to friends on social media, others have admitted to getting out and talking to complete strangers more than they normally would. "Where is this coming from?" is a question I have seen on my feeds more than once the past few days. Must be something in the yellow-tiered covid air.

Do you remember how to socialize with strangers? I admit I have forgotten. And yet, I really want to meet new people. Nothing wrong with the old friends. I want to meetup with them too. Something about seeing new faces is appealing.

How do you do it? How do you get to know new people?

When I create characters, I interview them. Once I get the basics down - name, age, height, weight, religious views, occupation - I get down to the fun stuff.

What's your favorite ice cream? Rocky road.

What's your favorite genre of music? Classic 80s.

Favorite class in high school? History.

What sport did you play in school? Basketball.

Do you have any tattoos? Yes, one.

If you find yourself on a Saturday afternoon with nothing to do, an undeniable urge to get out, and no one available to hang with, where do you go? I put on my tennis shoes and take a five mile walk along the nearby trails to get around other like-minded, nature-loving people.

I'm thinking tomorrow I will create a sort of get-to-know-you game where we ask questions back and forth for a while until a topic of friendly discussion opens itself up.

I hope we stay away from politics. I would hate to lose a brand new friendship based on political party affiliations. I will keep a change-of-topic line in my pocket. Something about the weather or the price of gas.

Most of all, I'm excited about the world slowly opening back up. There are too many broken hearts waiting around for doors to open and friendly faces to greet them.

What questions would you ask to get to know a new friend?

Thanks for reading,


Humor In Chaos


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