Will You Be My Friend?

This weekend, I had an amazing time spending time in Dallas.  I’ve driven through Dallas before, but never really visited.  A couple months ago, after I relocated to Houston, I remember that someone I used to work with at camp was living in Dallas now.  Most people would call her Morgan, but to me, this delightful human will always be Moosh (the nickname she used at camp).  I was Moosh’s boss when I first knew her.  She worked for me at camp for two years and although I really enjoyed her as an employee and she really enjoyed me as a boss, we never became friends because it wouldn’t have been appropriate given the perceived power dynamics of a supervisor/employee relationship. However, that’s not the case anymore!  When I realized we both lived in Texas, I reached out to reconnect in what could basically be the equivalent of the way in elementary school you could just walk up to someone and say “Hey, you seem cool.  Do you want to be friends?”  Why can’t we do this as adults?  It is so simple and the payoff is so great!  I asked Moosh if she wanted to be friends and she said yes!  Look at that!  Anyway, we had a fantastic time in (abnormally freezing cold) Dallas.

First we walked around the neighborhood of Deep Ellum and saw interesting sculptures and wall murals.

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Next, we visited the Dallas Art Museum.  I took some photos of some of my favorite pieces.  I really like this one because it reminded me of the platform tents that we had at the camp where I first met Moosh.  It felt very appropriate!IMG_0274IMG_0276IMG_0279IMG_0281IMG_0283IMG_0288

Being as cultured as Moosh and I are, we couldn’t help but notice this classic piece depicting the choreography from Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” music video.  If he liked it then he should have put a ring on it, indeed.IMG_0289

Next we headed to the Perot Science Museum.  Unfortunately, it seemed every family in Dallas decided to visit the Science Museum that day.  I guess it was a good out-of-the-house activity to do with kids on a freezing cold day.  The museum had some good exhibits, but it was very, VERY crowded with tons of young children which made for an overwhelming experience for these introverts.  I’d like to go back sometime when it is a slower day.IMG_0290

This photo is for my dad.  He and I have a very special appreciation for the four states of matter.IMG_0291IMG_0298IMG_0306

See that guy in the middle?  He is living his best life.  I aspire to be like him!IMG_0311

Our favorite exhibit was the one with gems and minerals.  The photos don’t even begin to do these literal gems justice.IMG_0315IMG_0323IMG_0324

We were low on energy after the Science Museum so we stopped at the Cool Haus food truck for a treat.  I highly recommend this food truck.  For an ice cream truck, they even had a delicious vegan alternative!  My vegan ginger cookie was amazing!

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The next morning we had brunch at Mudhen Meat and Greens.  This was an incredible farm-to-table restaurant.  For a refreshing beverage, I recommend the Watermelon Cooler which has watermelon, mint, agave, and club soda.  Anyone visiting Dallas, this restaurant is a MUST STOP.

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Basically, it was a truly amazing weekend and it was so fun getting to hang out with someone who is both an old friend and a new friend.  It really made me realize the great things that come out of a little vulnerability and risk.  If I hadn’t asked to be friends, we never would have had this great weekend!  Sure, it might sound a little weird to (as an adult) just ask someone to be your friend, but it will also be a great experiment to see who can be a great friend.  The ones that react badly to that question are probably not someone you want to be friends with anyway.

So, I hope you’ll reach out to someone and ask them to be your friend!  Maybe it will be me!

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