In honor of Thanks giving, I will be doing a series on what I'm thankful for.
Part 1: Friendship
Here I sit in a house that seems, in contrast, so very quiet and so very still. The three women I began this motherhood journey with, have all returned home, their 11 children with them. This morning the four of us allowed 13 children to run free so that we could just talk, if just for a minute or two and catch up on what is going on these days. As I sit here, I feel such gratitude, to have this, these times with these women that care about each other and who's children have known each other all of their lives.
I remember it so clear, that it's apparent now that it was a life line that I desperately needed. The coordinator of the infant playgroup invited me to attend, Kylynn was 8 weeks old, and my immediate response was YES! An invitation was not needed to attend, but I'm not sure if I would have ever made my way there if she hadn't reached out to me. To have a few hours a week, where I could have a conversation with, not just adults, but mommies in the same place in life I was, was a gift. We shared our struggles and our joys and always left lighter than when we arrived.
The four of us have out grown a weekly playgroup, our lives are much too big for that these days, but we still need what it provided. A place to ask questions, did this happen to you when you were nursing, did he ever gag on food, how have you dealt with talking back? Even more a place to say the big things that you're afraid to say out loud, until you do and they say, me too. To have someone you can look in the eye and tell the truth when they ask how you're doing.
And even after three hours, there were so many half finished sentences, so many interrupted conversations, insuring that there will be a next time. A time to connect, as a group of four women, who were placed together in life because our circumstances were the same, and found in the end real friendship. I for one am already looking forward to the next time, mostly because I know it won't be at my house this time :).