I am just in heaven right now, after spending a most lovely morning with some amazing women who, after four years of being in a playgroup together, I am honored to call my friends.
We were few in numbers today, but it was almost all of the "original members", so it made it more intimate. Finally, we are at a point where our children can really play independent of us Moms for long periods of time. So, we were able to sit back and share stories as we partook of fresh-made salsa and homemade bread, fresh out of the oven.
Life as we know it is about to change soon, as we'll see our babies off to all-day Kindergarten for the first time this fall (all except Jenn, whose son went last year). So, it was neat to pause and recognize the moment, to wonder at how we arrived at this point in our lives, and for me, to acknowledge all of the amazing things that I have learned from these friends (some who are not pictured here)...and how they have enriched my life and my experience as a Mother.
I will forever be thankful to my friend Lisa Tranquillo who took the time to notice me at the library one day, and acted on what I'm sure was a prompting, to stop what she was doing, to invite me, a perfect stranger, new to the area, to join this new playgroup that she and others were forming. She is such an example to me of reaching out to and caring for others.
It has truly been a special pleasure for me to share Thursday mornings with you, and homemade meals after babies were born, and potty-training stories, and embarrassing moments while grocery shopping, and all of those other wonderful experiences that come with being a Mom.
I love each one of you!
Here's to the next chapter!