So recently, I had an experience which is probably fairly unique to parenting in Los Angeles. While this situation can occur anywhere, the frequency is more likely to occur in Los Angeles, New York, and maybe Washington DC. I would love to hear feedback on how you would have handled the situation.
So about 6 months ago, we enrolled our son in preschool. Firstly, I want to say that it has been absolutely great having him in school. He has grown immensely, and we couldn't be happier. Ok, so back to the relevant point. Having been at the school for only like 6 months, we really don't know too many of the other parents. Being in school, my son is now being invited to the birthday parties of all of his classmates. Recently, we went to one of his classmate's parties, and I got to talking to the child's father. Well, I had no idea that this parent was a famous sports celebrity. I'm a geek. Always have been. As a kid, I watched Star Trek - not sports, I played chess - not football. You get the point. So here I am talking to the guy and I say, "I'm going to apologize in advance, I am going to have to ask you your name like 50 times before I remember. Can you remind me?" Well, this guy looked at me like I had 3 heads and said "I'm So-and-so, I played for the [insert sports team]." I flat out said that I didn't watch sports, and that I didn't care how famous he was, I wanted to get to know him. Well, he really enjoyed that, at least I think. We exchanged numbers, and I've texted him hoping to get together with a new friend.
It was definitely an experience that I was not expecting to have, but I think I handled it well. What do you think?
I'm Matt a.k.a. The Attached Abba (Abba = Hebrew for Dad). This blog is detailing my journey in parenthood, and will hopefully provide a space for other dads to find support and insight.