Thursday, August 11, 2011

INCLUSION NEEDS



This is a phrase my mother in-law taught me. She's always remarking on her own "high inclusion needs." It turns out that I also have extremely high inclusion needs. We do share a birthday, my mother in-law and I, so maybe it's to be expected that we share certain traits.

What it means to have high inclusion needs is that you always need a buddy.

Going out to lunch? I want to come. Walking to the office? Hey! Me too! Have to pee? Well, I'm totally up for that.

So yesterday when I had a fun chat about teaching ideas and other stuff with one of my new colleagues, I was super excited. I called Dan right afterward. "I made a friend!!" I squealed. He tried to sound excited for me, but he doesn't really understand. He's like totally fine to walk to the bathroom by himself.

7 comments:

StreibProjects said...

I feel better if I have a buddy around too! You have really cute kids!

dw said...

It's true. I walk to the bathroom by myself 100% of the time. This includes times when someone also walks to the same bathroom by themself at the same time as me. Because, that's just a coincidence. Not inclusion needs.

mm said...

I agree it's always nice to have a friend around, especially at work.

Goodwoman said...

Life experiences are always better with a friend. I mean what if something really happens to you and you're alone? You need someone to share it with!

jdoc said...

This is one of my favorite things about you.

Martha said...

Yeah. Me too! You have a blog? I want to have a blog? By the way, I have a birthday present from those cute kids' aunt and cousins. It is in my trunk. (Actually she just gave it to me yesterday). But I better give it to you before he grows up!

Julie said...

Ha! Cracked me up. I am more of a loner but having more inclusion needs as I get older because it is more fun with a friend.