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Would you be a bit miffed at this?

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minty133 Fri 02-Oct-20 00:05:20

School mum invited me and another school mum out for an evening drink/meal in a shared chat between the three of us. We have met up once before as a 3-some. We all agree to it and decide when and where etc. And then only after this, the first school mum says is it ok if we invite some other school mums to come along too! I'm a bit miffed as I prefer smaller groups and was hoping to get to know these 2 mums better. A larger group just wouldn't be the same and makes me feel a bit socially anxious. Am IBU to feel a bit miffed and disappointed ?

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Justmuddlingalong Fri 02-Oct-20 00:07:24

Did you say it was fine or did you tell her you'd rather it was just the 3 of you?

minty133 Fri 02-Oct-20 00:08:12

I've not replied yet

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Palavah Fri 02-Oct-20 00:08:40

Yes YABU, sorry. She did the organising, her choice. If you want a smaller group then you can arrange the next meet - maybe in your garden if restrictions in your area allow?

minty133 Fri 02-Oct-20 00:08:48

The second mum said it was fine with her but reminded her about the rule of 6

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Aquamarine1029 Fri 02-Oct-20 00:09:02

I completely understand how you feel. I had an old friend who was famous for doing this, often not even mentioning it beforehand. A small group of us would meet up, thinking it's just the 4 of us, and she would show up with several people in tow, and usually these people were strangers to us but friends with her. It totally changes the dynamic, and for me, not in a good way.

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Justmuddlingalong Fri 02-Oct-20 00:10:35

If it really makes you feel anxious, bow out this time and arrange something another time for the trio.

seayork2020 Fri 02-Oct-20 00:12:05

She did nothing wrong, sure i may feel like a smaller group personally but that is a personal preference

minty133 Fri 02-Oct-20 00:13:05

@JunkCrumpet
I think it is you that is being nasty and rude! shockWould you care to explain that comment to me?

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Varjakpaw Fri 02-Oct-20 00:13:43

So long as it is still six or fewer it would be fine .

minty133 Fri 02-Oct-20 00:14:14

Well I think she should have said at the start that she wanted to invite other people but some people behave differently I guess

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DioneTheDiabolist Fri 02-Oct-20 00:17:18

I get why you're feeling a bit miffed OP, but you did not organise this meet up, she did. It's lovely that she checked and is leaving it up to you if you want to go with a bigger group or not. She didn't have to.

Leeds2 Fri 02-Oct-20 00:18:41

In normal circumstances, I would be a bit peed off if I thought it was a meet up of 3 and it turned out to be 8+. In the present circumstances, I would be happy with no more than 6, and take it as an opportunity to get to know a few more school mums in a relatively small environment. I think, as one of 6, you would get the opportunity to chat to each of the other 5.

BackforGood Fri 02-Oct-20 00:21:34

If you are expecting an occasion to be X, and are looking forward to it, and then it turns out to be Y, then it isn't unnatural to 'be a bit miffed' , no (great expression btw). OTOH, the other person hasn't done anything wrong at all here.
You aren't an established friendship she is changing the dynamics of - you've met up once. She is obvioulsy a bit of an organiser tpye and thought "Oh, I wonder it A and B would like to come too?". Even then, before asking them, she has asked you two if you mind - which is thoughtful of her.
If you do, then say "Oh, I'm quite shy, I'd rather it was just the 3 of us" if you want to - but be prepared to then be excluded from further gatherings down the line if you are telling her you can't cope in a group or 4, 5, or 6.
Or go outside of your comfort zone a bit and maybe you will find you also like A and / or B. A meal for up to 6 people is still not really changing into a completely different dynamic when the 3 of you are very much still getting to know one another anyway.

avamiah Fri 02-Oct-20 00:22:20

It can only be 6 including yourself so it’s only 5 more mums .
I wouldn’t worry .
Go a long and have a good time , you can always leave when you want to .

ArcheryAnnie Fri 02-Oct-20 00:41:26

She's asked you a question, not just randomly invited other people - so presumably she's braced for either answer you might give. If she hadn't asked, yes, it would be reasonable to be miffed, but she did ask, so it's now up to you to say what you'd prefer.

MarkRuffaloCrumble Fri 02-Oct-20 00:46:02

BackforGood

If you are expecting an occasion to be X, and are looking forward to it, and then it turns out to be Y, then it isn't unnatural to 'be a bit miffed' , no (great expression btw). OTOH, the other person hasn't done anything wrong at all here.
You aren't an established friendship she is changing the dynamics of - you've met up once. She is obvioulsy a bit of an organiser tpye and thought "Oh, I wonder it A and B would like to come too?". Even then, before asking them, she has asked you two if you mind - which is thoughtful of her.
If you do, then say "Oh, I'm quite shy, I'd rather it was just the 3 of us" if you want to - but be prepared to then be excluded from further gatherings down the line if you are telling her you can't cope in a group or 4, 5, or 6.
Or go outside of your comfort zone a bit and maybe you will find you also like A and / or B. A meal for up to 6 people is still not really changing into a completely different dynamic when the 3 of you are very much still getting to know one another anyway.

Was about to post something very similar.

I would feel just like you OP, I prefer small groups and don’t like meeting new people, so in this case I might come up with an excuse not to go, but then afterwards I’d be wishing I’d just gone along and might have met a new friend. Maybe make your own way there so you can stay for as long as you choose, just to put yourself in control of the situation.

WilheminaVenable Fri 02-Oct-20 06:27:39

I’d probably be a bit nervous too but maybe she’s as close to the other mums and thought they’d be offended if she didn’t invite them?

Pickypolly Fri 02-Oct-20 06:40:16

That’s an angst filled slippery slope to getting drawn into being part of a group of school mums with all that goes along with it imho.

Nothing but trouble ahead.

There’s loads of threads on here about conflict, arguments, one being domineering, one being dramatic, one being flaky another being sneery.

I would absolutely hate this but then I don’t like people, wear a face mask and my earphones to avoid any interaction with anyone in the playground. I drop off and pick up and piss off.

Avoid.

Lantern156 Fri 02-Oct-20 06:48:39

If she’s organising she’s entitled to invite who she wants. You can be the inviter next time and have control over who comes.

AltoCation Fri 02-Oct-20 06:49:46

She hasn’t done anything wrong, but you happen to feel socially anxious.

That isn’t her responsibility.

She is open and social, you prefer small groups.

6 isn’t such a big group. Go with it this time.

AltoCation Fri 02-Oct-20 06:57:53

Other person had said fine, so you are outvoted.

You’re miffed, you don’t like bigger groups ( there will be a max of 6) so don’t go.

But don’t blame them for excluding you or not being friendly.

Or.... go, have a nice time and enjoy yourself. And be pleased to get to know people.

Florencex Fri 02-Oct-20 07:10:46

No I wouldn’t be miffed. She is the organiser and if she wants to invite three more people she can.

PeppaPigMakesMeGrrrrr Fri 02-Oct-20 07:18:07

Groups of 3 rarely ever work imo so I'd be pleased there's a bigger group....it's still not massive but you could all get to know a few mums in case the inevitable '3 become 2' split happens as it often does with groups of 3.

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