For once all the kids behaved.. no temper tantrums and tears or sulky faces... lunches were eaten and space given to the adults to chill and relax and catch up. Not something we get often so very much appreciated. All of us have challenges to face with our respective kids... and it is this that bonds us together.
It is never easy. We cry, we laugh, we rail against fate, we ask why - A LOT!!!! We fall apart, we drink wine to deal with falling apart and we get up every morning and make sure our homes run smoothly, our kids are stable and our loved ones and friends are taken care of... sometimes to the extent that we forget to care about ourselves!
We're getting better at that. We're starting to learn to take ME days. We starting to understand that it is ok to admit we aren't coping. We standing together. We take time out from each other when things get intense... we understand that our lives are not your ordinary run of the mill and sometimes it is simply too much... but that is ok.. because we will still check in on each other and when ready we are welcomed back with open arms.
Lee, Morag, Kim ... you each have a special part in my heart and life. You are amazing women. I stand in awe of your ability to cope with what life has thrown at you... and that you all still all keep caring about others even when you feel you are falling apart. Thank you for being part of my life... taking me under your wings and helping and guiding me in my dark moments.
Love you all.