In an effort to meet some other moms that live close by I attended my first MOPS (mothers of pre-schoolers) meeting last Thursday night. There are a few MOPS groups in the area as well as a Moms Club that is setup through our homeowners association. I basically picked one of the groups that meets the closest to my house at a local Baptist church.
I did email a few times with the coordinator prior to the meeting to get some initial information. The main thing I wanted to know was if I needed to be a member of the church to join the group. Fortunately I don't. Nothing against the Baptist religion but I don't plan to start going to a Baptist church just to join a mom group.
I was a bit nervous before the meeting, thinking that everyone there would already know each other or that I would be the only heathen that doesn't attend that church. It almost felt like walking into some AA meeting.
They had us assigned to a specific table/discussion group so I didn't get to personally meet everyone there. There were also quite a few moms missing because it happened to also be back-to-school night. The girls at my table were all very nice. Two of them were also there for the first time and pretty shy/quiet. Thanks to my sorority rush days I actually did okay with starting and contributing to the conversation at my table. We watched a DVD and did a little craft while going over the discussion questions that were passed out.
Of all the girls I met I would say there was one that was at my table that I seemed to hit it off with the most and that I could see potentially hanging out with again. It also sounded like our spouses had stuff in common as well which is helpful.
I haven't decided 100% if I plan to keep going back all year but I do plan to go to at least one more meeting (the topic next month is budgeting/couponing, which I want to learn more about anyway). Hopefully I'll get a chance to talk to more of the women there and see if I hit it off with anyone else. I'm also debating if I should check out one of the other MOPS groups in my area and see if there is anyone there I click with. Is it wrong to be part of more than one MOPS group?
It's a little awkward just walking into a group of women and basically being like "here I am, be my friend" but I guess in a lot of ways that's what I did with the sorority and that turned out great and I still have good friends I made there. So as of now I wouldn't say that I'm totally on board with the whole MOPS thing but I'm willing to continue to keep an open mind about it.