I met a frugal mom in McDonald's last night! We introduced ourselves as our boys exercised in the air-conditioned playground.
I had pretty much decided I'll have to take up knitting, tennis, or scrapbooking in order to socialize with most of my peers. What a breath of fresh air to find a kindred spirit!
It was a lot of fun to chat with a mom whose child does not watch TV. Even more so to discuss how her family organizes life with only one car and to commiserate about being the only mom in a playground of nannies.
(sigh) I really need to get out more!
Just a few minutes of conversation lifted my spirits measurably. I hadn't realized how alone I sometimes feel in making family and financial choices outside the norm.
My friendship skills are a little dusty since coming home, but this taste of community convinces me that polishing will be worth my effort.