Celebrating the Mom Friend
There’s something to be said for mass amounts of women all descending on one location at the same time and all with the same goal. There’s something to be said for all of these same women who, upon first, second, or even third meetings all greet each other with a squeal, a laugh, and a “you look so good!” It does sweet things to the soul and to the heart when long lost friends come together and time picks up like it was yesterday when in reality your last face to face meeting was a year ago… or longer.
There is power in all of that. I believe it. Last week I watched it happen over and over again. I watched it happen when woman after woman approached each other and told one another how awesome they were. I believed it when casual conversations turned into tearful moments. Last week I attended the much talked about Blissdom Conference and met with other mom and women bloggers like myself. There might not be anything special about that to the rest of the world but to us? It is our mom’s night out tenfold.
These are women friendships. These are mom friendships. Mom friendships are what keep us sane as we take on the role of wife, mom, cheerleader, chauffeur, banker, taxi driver, and short order cook all at the same time. The mom friendships we create automatically give us someone in our corner when the world stacks up against us.
The most beautiful thing that I saw at Blissdom was watching the mom friends I have go a little wild. Not scandalous gone wild but the I’m-free-of-kids-I-hogged-the-shower-spent-time-doing-my-hair-and-makeup, I’m-wearing-something-other-than-my-pajamas-or-sweats kind of wild. I watched them laugh a little louder, shed their mom personas, and be friends, women, sisters, and cheerleaders to one another.
We have that desire to care and feed, and be needed by someone. We have the need to fix, mend, mold and change things, those things make our souls happy. Mothering, I believe is good for the soul. But having mom friends, being a friend to another mom? That’s even better.
How do you celebrate your mom friends and feed their soul?