Have you ever seen those t-shirts that say "Today is not your day. Tomorrow is not looking good either." Yep, that is me.
After having read a bunch of different people's blog posts, I am almost thinking that there is something in the air. I thought springtime was supposed to make people hopeful. That has never been the case around here. There are too many allergies and spring is followed by summer (my least favorite season) so I am generally a bit of grump in the spring, but in the past, it always seemed I was in the minority in that.
Today the biggest source of my angst is Joe. The poor kid has almost no friends. He keeps inviting one of his former classmates to go places (dinner, movies, etc.) but as last weekend was prom and she went with someone else, I am pretty sure it is a "friends only" relationship. I am fine with that. Except he doesn't really have ANY other friends. And if she actually has a boyfriend, I suspect their platonic dates will continue to decline. He has two other kids with whom he occasionally exchanges texts but there is no one else with whom he can "hang".
This is breaking his mom's heart.
He is such a neat kid, but he is so socially backward and I just want him to have some friends. He never saw the need while he was in high school and now he doesn't have anyone. I was thinking if he got a regular job and was around the same kids day in and day out that this might change, but alas, the kid does not have a regular job.
He frequently goes out after work (to play miniature golf, to eat lunch, to shop) but it always by himself. I love this independence, but it would be so much better with friends.
Since we found out for sure that he won't be going to college this fall, this has gotten more urgent for me. I don't think any of us will be happy to live another year like the last. He doesn't even do much on the computer -- which I will admit is most of my social interaction these days!
So how can I generate social interactions?