OK, well titling this blog, “The End of an Era,” may seen a bit dramatic for many, but to me and I’m sure to a few of my mommy friends, I’d think it’s fitting.
Today was the last official meet up of my mommy group. I started the group in February of 2011, when my daughter was 14 months old, and before I even knew I was pregnant with my son. I can honestly say that starting this group has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. In just under three years I’ve met so many wonderful women whom I now consider like family. I’ve made friends for both myself, my children, and even my husband. I’ve gotten the opportunity to bring dozens of moms together. I am so incredibly thankful to have been a part of so many lives, sharing the joys of new babies, birthdays, careers, marriages, and new homes. Some of these women have lent me a shoulder to cry on, laughed so hard with me that we couldn’t help but cried, and used my shoulder when they needed a good cry themselves. Some of these women joined the group looking for friends for their children, and some of these women joined looking for friends for themselves. Whatever the reason, we had a great time these last few years together thanks to meetup.com.
A few of the first blogs I wrote was about how joining and starting my own mommy group brought be out of depression and isolation and made me into a more productive, happier, and healthier person. You can read them here; Part 1 and Part 2.
Unless you have been in the shoes of a stay at home mom, you won’t ever understand how isolating that can me. Throw in not having any family nearby,not being able to drive, having a husband who worked long hours (sometimes being gone days at a time), and being blind into the picture, and that’s were I was then.
Even though our lunch today was the last official meet up of the group, it was like any other get together. We all had a great time chatting about our families, the holidays, and laughing at each others’ expenses. Just because the group was over, it didn’t mean we were done with each other. I’m looking forward to seeing more babies, watching our kids grow, and many many more moms night outs.
Thank you ladies, and thank you meetup.com for being a part of our lives.
November 2, 2012
I am thankful for my friends I’ve made since moving to Las Vegas
It is not always easy when you are a blind mom in the burbs of Las Vegas. This isn’t the most pedestrian friendly city. Between the hot tripple digit summers, the wind storms, the freezing winters, I can’t exactly walk everywhere with my little ones in their double stroller. There have been many times I’ve called friends to pick up milk, diapers, or even just to come over and read me the dosage directions to a new box of medicine.
When the word got out about the wreck, concerns and support came pouring in. Everyone wanted to know if there was anything they could do.
The stress of my hubby’s accident kept me in a sour mood for days. Once my friends found this out, they all made it their goal to put some sweetness back into my mood.
I don’t have any family in town, so knowing there are friends who I can call at any time of day or night for any particular reason helps to make Las Vegas feel like we live in a small close knit community. We take turns watching each others’ kids. We borrow each other’s clothes and jewelry, We share recipes. We go out for drinks. We gossip over coffee. We throw each other birhtday shindigs and showers. We hand down our children’s clothing. We understand that sometimes things come up. We don’t judge or criticize, but rather offer comfort and hugs.
I wish all of my friends could live in the same city as me, but then there’d be no reason for me to visit SF, Austin, Tampa, Seattle, Virginia, Hawaii, China, Sweden and everywhere else in the world.