what follows is a close approximation of an actual friday night phone call:
kid: audrey what are you doing? we're bored! hang out with us!
me: well, i'm actually going to a party tonight.
kid and friend in background: ooooooooohhhhh, a party! can we come? (a freshman in college and a senior in high school.
me (knowing full well that the parties i attend now consist of adults standing around and talking, with a some good booze; not a raging kegger that they might be imagining. but to keep up my cool factor, i do not explain this to them.): no.
kid: no, we think you should hang out with us! we're more fun that a party!
me: well... i haven't hung out with my peers in a while. (it's true. i'm usually with kids, various parents that are now my friends, and only usually hang out with my trivia night geeky crew). i'd like to go. (but only after talking my introverted self into going)
kid: oh, audrey! WE'RE your peers! come on!
me: um right... do you remember that i'm almost twice as old as you? well, i am.
kid: no you're not.
.... and we proceed to argue a little bit about this, until i point out the math.
i am still bemused by this conversation. wondering about many things... a) how cultivating relationships with kids (and people in general) is just a part of who i am (in spite of my sometimes militant introversion), that the word ministry doesn't quite accurately describe it for me. b) that people would find me this approachable, when i consider myself to be generally socially awkward. c) how in the last month, i have been asked what high school i attend in one conversation, and then in a different one asked if i have children (i'm guessing she was asking about high school age kids since i was teen-sitting for the weekend - if only i were as cool as lorelai gilmore); d) why i have been using so many parenthetical phrases in this post, and e) just how it is God figures out how to draw us all into life together in the odd way that He does.