Today, near the end of the gather which I had been nervous about attending, I had a wonderful bit of conversation. The following is a rough transcription of it. Keep in mind that it was all in a state of slightly hysterical laughter.
There is a pause, and we both glance at one another, as I grab my phone off the standing table.
(I’m this one) H: Do you wanna be friends?
(The other girl, who got engaged last night) K: Yes! I was just thinking about how to ask that!
We laugh all around, and she quickly pulls out her phone.
H: … I know that it’s a rather commonplace and normal thing for people often not to say what they mean. But I do my best to say what I mean, right? And so, recently, I said to someone, ‘Hey, you said you find yourself in Houston sometimes. Do you wanna try out being friends?’ And I meant it. But, when we first met up to hang out and do something, it apparently was a date. And I didn’t know, because I had meant what I’d said about trying out being friends. So, I’m a little hesitant about using that phrase now, because of that just recently.
K: Well, don’t worry. I won’t ask you out.
And then, as we were partially keeling over in laughter at our own conversation, her fiancé adds: I feel like this is little kindergarten kids in the sandbox. ‘Hey! Wanna be Best Friends?!’
Within 30 seconds, as the Facebook Friend request was approved, K declares quickly: Okay, we’re friends now.
It was a good conversation. Now for the follow-up, because today was a very good beginning for a genuine friendship. 😀