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1. Overall demeanor--are they friendly and warm, or reserved and less friendly? I'm definitely drawn to the more friendly sort.
2. Interest in others--do they ask me questions about myself, or is it all about them? I have found that at least 75% of the people in the world are really not that interested in other people. It's among the remaining 25% that I choose my friends!
3. Travel and culture awareness--the two families I most enjoyed conversing with were an Indian woman and her American husband, and an American woman married to a Japanese man.
4. Smile--again, are they friendly?
5. Do they brag about their kids? These are theater parents, and I can stand a certain amount of bragging, but I'm more interested in parents who are not obsessed with all the amazing accomplishments their kids have made. There's a way to talk about your kids without making them sound like they are better than everyone else. You know what I mean...like not saying "So-and-so has been so busy lately, what with all the Broadway call-backs he's had." True story.
6. Interest in the world around them--are they interested in more things than their own particular family?
7. Values and beliefs--from what I can ascertain in the first few minutes or hours!
8. Sense of humor--are they completely serious or do they laugh and make jokes? Not so interested in the serious sorts! Life is too short.
9. Humility--again, with theater parents, this is important! :)
10. Respect for others
So there's a distinct theme here, isn't there? I do not notice much on the surface, really, but rather what's underneath. What do you first notice about people when you meet them?
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