When I had my first child, I expected to find a group of moms that would gather me into their fold and that would become fast friends. Years went by, a second child came, and still I didn't find that elusive group of moms I had imagined.
I thought perhaps I'd find them when my daughter started preschool. There they'd be, standing in line with me, waiting to drop their children off, and they'd all invite me to their weekly rendezvous at the coffee shop. Didn't happen.
I patiently waited, and when we started homeschooling and attended mixers at our local homeschooling extension, I just knew I'd find my people. No such luck.
Sure, I've found some wonderful mommy friends over the years. I certainly haven't journeyed down the parenting path solo, but at the same time, I never found that group of mommies who parented like I did, who understood why we did things a little different regarding education, entertainment, nutrition, discipline, to name a few of our eccentricities.
When we first started homeschooling a few years back, I came across a wonderful quote on a blog, which I have since forgotten, but the gist was something like this - You must make the community you seek.
So I did. I sent out some emails to homeschooling moms I had met through blogging and flickring, and suggested we meet at a playground located in the middle of our wide radius. And that is how my children and I met our tribe.
Behold the children of the tribe. Such a beautiful thing, to see them all in a row, getting along, eating homemade apple spice cake and gluten free chocolate pumpkin cookies.
I think my kids enjoyed themselves. And the moms - well, where do I start? There was so much laughing, hugging, giving, receiving, nodding in agreement. It was a glorious event and truly a blessing to finally find the tribe of mommies I had been seeking, and all I had to do was send out a few emails. I just can't wait until our next tribal meeting. Thank you ladies for gathering me into your fold.