Mom Pens Hysterical 'Missed Connections' Letter to Potential Mom Friend at Target

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Nikki Pennington

Trying to make mom friends is a whole lot like dating. Sometimes you catch a mom's eye across the story time circle, and friendship sparks fly. Or sometimes you're too shy to make your move, and you're left to wonder forever about your missed connection and all the wine and Bachelor memes you could have shared together.


Blogger Nikki Pennington was recently enjoying a mom's night out at where else -- Target -- when she spotted a fellow mom with total BMFF (best mom friend forever) potential. But for whatever reason (luck? fate? maybe she forgot to check for stray chin hairs that morning?), Pennington failed to pluck up the courage to approach her potential bestie. Instead she penned her a Craigslist-style "Missed Connection" letter that will sound way too familiar to anyone who's still searching for her own mom ride-or-die.

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Nikki Pennington

Pennington's first sign that she and this woman were destined to get along was their matching sense of style. "You were at Target last night about 7pm in the crayon aisle," she writes. "I was wearing my mom couture complete with dry shampoo hair, no makeup, yesterday's T-shirt and yoga pants. You were also wearing yoga pants with flip flops and a messy bun."

She says she knew they both shared a love of caffeine and being lazy. "The venti Starbucks in your hand was a dead giveaway that even though you were wearing yoga pants you had in fact not come from the gym. I know because I was doing the exact same thing."

In a genius move, she tried to sneakily find out the name of this mystery woman, but her body betrayed her. "I tried to glance at your cup to see the name of my future BMFF (best mom friend forever) but let's be honest, at my age I'm on the verge of needing readers to see that far away."

So without a way to strike up a conversation, she looked for other clues that they would get along. Her shopping cart said it all. "In your cart you had diapers, soda, wine and chocolate. Again, confirming my suspicions that we in fact were meant to be best mom friends."

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Nikki Pennington

They even had their very own "meet cute" moment, just like in a romantic comedy, but still Pennington didn't say anything. "Our carts hit once as we rounded the corner from aimlessly pretending to be shopping for something in our favorite store when in reality we were both just having a moms night out."

Okay, I'm dying. We've all done this, right? Maybe not at Target, but somewhere -- the grocery store, swim lessons, school drop-off. We've all looked at a fellow mom, thought she looked semi-normal and the type to not judge you for the fact that you feed your kid fruit snacks, and wondered if we could maybe be friends, only to be too nervous to actually say anything.

My own Cinderella moment happened at a library story time. She had funky dark nail polish and rolled her eyes with me when all the other moms were singing along to the songs like it was a Gaga concert instead of Mary Had a Little Lamb. "The story time at the library across town is better," she whispered to me as she left with her adorable baby in tow. Was this an invitation to hang out? Just passing along information? I never saw her again, but I have her daughter's abandoned binkie somewhere in my trunk, left behind like a glass slipper (I swear, I'm not creepy).

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As for Pennington, she's hoping her own story has a happier ending. She posted a photo of her Starbucks cup with her hopeful letter and promised to be back next week. She's got her fingers crossed that her soon-to-be bestie recognizes her drink and comes back to where it all began. "Maybe I'll see you again, same time, same aisle and this time we can wander around aimlessly in Target together for our moms night out."

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