Cheryl and I had a couples shower thrown for us. I’ve never been to a “baby shower” and am glad that four other brave men joined me. We were the minority of course but at least we could share this alien social ritual.
We saw old friends Cheryl has barely kept touch with since high school show up for this event. The list of people stemmed from friends of her parents who had known her since she was 3yo and new friends that Cheryl and I made in the past two years.
Reconnecting with people was the best part of this event. I was amazed to see how many people we were once close to 15 years ago. Life often gets in the way and over time you loose touch with people. This is a function of geographic change as most of these people still live in the Seattle area.
We have moved quite a few times in my former ministerial career. I never realized how many people we left behind. Good friends! No wonder Cheryl and I make it such a point to call people who are important to us. I just wish we would have discovered that 10 years ago instead of after our move in 2002.
While we both appreciate all the gifts as first time parents, seeing people who we never thought would show up was a blessing. I think that this may be the true value of these social events. Now we need to keep in touch with those we have re-connected with.