I will never find anyone like In case of accident my blood type is Coca-Cola shirt my daughter says adamantly. We talk about how lucky she is to have Meredith in her life and that we’ll always make time to see her. But then we talk about not giving up the hope that there’s a special friend right here in our city waiting for her. Keep looking for that special friend, I tell her. She might be in your science class or on your bus. She might be sitting in her house right now longing for a special friend just like you. That is what I told myself the last time we moved. I knew I needed to be proactive before my birthday arrived. Years prior, I’d experienced being friendless in a new city on my birthday.
I’d driven my young daughters to the In case of accident my blood type is Coca-Cola shirt, looking in every car as we drove, down every grocery store aisle as we shopped, in every house as we pulled into our neighborhood. Not one familiar face. The pain of that lonely birthday motivated me to go out of my comfort zone the next time we moved. I saw that one of my favorite authors was coming to speak in a nearby city the day before my birthday so I bought a ticket. I then garnered the courage to drive over an hour in unfamiliar territory to go to an event by myself – that was how much I knew I needed to make my alone-birthday special.