Babybartfast has two best friends at her preschool. We've done a few play dates with one, and that girl's mom and I get along just fine for a few hours of chatting while our daughters play. The other girl's family is lousy about returning phone calls, though, so I never heard back from the other mom until this week. Long story short, I'm hosting a play date on Wednesday at my house, and now the third girl (the one whom Babybartfast has played with before) can't come.
I'm assuming the mom will want to stay while the girls play (they're 4-5), so that means making small talk with her. I've only met her once, at a classmate's birthday party, and while she seems like a perfectly nice person . . . we really have nothing in common, you know? I'm probably stressing out way more about this than I should, but I'm worried it's going to be a whole afternoon of awkwardness. Part of why I'm more self-conscious than usual is because I think this mom is a first-generation American coming from a part of the world I know very little about (judging by her features and her accent) and I'm going to be constantly asking myself "If I ask her X, will it sound rude/racist/ethnocentric?"
I'm sure I'm only worried because I'm a natural-born worrier, but anyone have advice for me anyway about how to keep things from being awkward all day? Given this mom's track record about returning phone calls and actually following through with plans (we've been trying to arrange this since November) and given that Babybartfast will be going to a new school in the fall, I'm expecting we won't be doing many more of these get-togethers even though the girls are friends, but I don't want the reason to be because of me