I’m feeling sort of sappy today so everyone is going to have to bear with me. Yesterday was a particularly difficult day with little A so it left me reflecting on how it is that I have actually survived motherhood for the past 18 months. I realized that I honestly don’t think I could have done it without the wide array of friendships that I have. My friendships are so varied but I need every single one of them. Here is my friendship inventory:
-I have a friend who has known me since I thought biking shorts and a soccer jersey were the ingredients to the perfect outfit. This friend recently became a mommy too and we’ve grown even closer over this bond. Even though we no longer live close by, I don’t know what I’d do without her sense of humor to get me through the good and bad times.
-I have a friend who I first bonded with over making NSYNC paper plates. (Don’t ask) Although she is not a mom yet, she has been one of the people who has been the most enthusiastic and supportive of me starting my family. She reminds me of who I am outside of just being a mom and wife and makes my stomach hurt from laughing so hard.
-I have a friend who I first bonded with over Mario Kart and disgusting college cafeteria nachos. She has always been a voice of reason for me and someone I greatly admire. I don’t know where I’d be without her today considering she taught me how to make my bed in college.
-I also have the type of friends that you don’t choose. I truly consider my parents and my two sisters to be my friends. They are the type of friends that you can send a 1 word text message to and they immediately know what you’re referencing and why its funny. Their unconditional love and support makes me feel like I can accomplish anything.
-I also consider my husband my friend. Probably my best friend. He teaches me something new everyday. There isn’t anyone else I would choose to be on this ride along with me.
-In a new emerging category in my life are my mom friends. Some are new and some I’ve known for a little longer. They are the ones I can e-mail in pure frustration and get a response reassuring me that I’m not completely crazy. Its so special to be forming these bonds with other moms. I’m always surprised at how much I can learn from them. Its just nice to know someone else is up at 3 AM wondering if they’re going to get to go back to sleep sometime soon.
So there you go. I told you it would be a little sappy. I’m just feeling grateful for all of the wonderful people I have in my life and all of the new friendships I’ve formed recently. It really does take a village to raise a child…and keep that child’s mother from rocking back and forth in the corner and eating her hair.