So, I don't go to the park to be social. I take my kid to the park so that he can be social and that I can become invisible to him so that I can chill out and read while he runs around all crazy with the other kids. I have zero interest in talking to other parents.
The other day I worked until the afternoon, then took the kid out on the kayak chatting about the birds and turtles and whether or not the billy goats would be on the troll bridge this time, and then the plan was to hang out by the playground afterwards while he played and I read.
It was ruined, and this particular day I was really not in the mood to be bothered.
This other girl comes over, one of those ridiculously nice people, and she starts chatting about the kayak and society and yadda yadda yadda. I really wanted her to go away, but she was too nice to be rude to, and I didn't want to be mean either.
I had my book out and open, replied as shortly as I could without being blatantly rude, and went back into my book after I answered. And still
she went on and on. I wanted to say to her, "Look, you're really nice and all, and you seem interesting enough, but I'm just not in the mood to sit here and chat with some random stranger about whether society conditions us to lose interest in childish fun. GO. AWAY."
How do you say that nicely when people don't take a hint or pick up on that you're not into the conversation?
You just have to bite your lip and tough it out. It is kinda cute though, her enthusiasm and better that people want to interact with you than the opposite.
You just have to take the rough with the smooth, do you really want to be rude to someone so lovely?