Wednesday, March 9, 2016

When Different Circles of Friends Meet

This past weekend, leading up to our wedding reception, a few of our friends started coming into town. Several of our friends stayed at or near our house, so basically all of Saturday and much of Sunday was spent hanging out with them.

This was the first time my Louisiana friends and Laura's New York friends met. It went well!
You never know how such meetings are going to turn out. It reminds me of having any two circles of friends come together: you just don't know if interests and personalities will mesh well. Just because they all get along with you doesn't mean they would all get along with each other.

Sometimes there's a reason these circles of friends have stayed separate. Perhaps you have one group of friends who share your interest in table-top gaming while another group of friends shares your interest in politics. Or religion. Or sports. I have at few friends who have an interest in both sports and video games, which is great, but unfortunately sports fans and gamers sometimes have a certain amount of contempt for each other, and at the very least they rarely have much in common to talk about. Even if two groups are both gamers, some might be really into first-person shooters while others are into fantasy role-playing games, once again resulting in groups that have little to say to each other.

Luckily, our friends seemed to have a decent amount in common. Or, at the very least, they were all good-natured and willing to share excitement for each others' passions, even if they're not super wild about them themselves. Which, I suppose, is the basis for many friendships.

In short, it was great that Laura and I didn't need to spend a lot of time making conversation between our friends. They always seemed to find things to talk about with each other, which was really gratifying to see. It was a big relief, too, since I'm not terribly talkative myself.

Interestingly, not many of our Tucson friends ended up spending time with us over the weekend, so who knows how well they would get along with our Louisiana and New York friends. One step at a time, though, I suppose.

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