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Everyday Moments: Connections

When I was pregnant, I was lucky enough to connect with a group of mums in a prenatal class.  After the kids were all born, within about a month of each other, we continued to get together as a group about once a week. In those days, it was all about us.  We each needed, desperately, the support network of fellow mums to help us navigate the uncharted waters of motherhood.  Shoulders to cry on, understanding ears to listen to our troubles and doubts.  Three and half years later, I am still grateful everyday for this wonderful group of women I now consider my good friends.  We still get together regularly, and I know I’d be lost without them.

But now when we meetup, it’s no longer all about us.  It’s about facilitating and watching as our children learn to forge their own relationships and friendships.  In the early days, I remember how we’d have a group of eight kids, all lying around on the floor together, but oblivious and unaware of each other’s existence.  Now though, I watch as they greet each other with hugs and smiles.  They hold hands, run, jump, dance, sing, chat, and play games.  He talks about his friends by name, about how he wants to see them and play with them.  He wants kisses when they say goodbye.  He tells them he’ll miss them.

I know all this means that, one day, I’ll no longer be his preferred playmate.  But observing and supporting my son has he develops these friendships on his own, it’s a wonderful thing.  And when his little friend tells him,  “I love you.  You’re so cute” it just makes my heart melt.  I’m so grateful he’s making these connections with friends with whom he can share in life’s joy.

This month, I’m pleased as punch that my good and talented friend Laura has joined our little blog circle. Please follow the circle to her blog and see what connections she’s discovered.  

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  • Reply lauraollerenshaw May 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm


  • Reply Kim May 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Love your image and journaling. Such beautiful colors! I was part of a mothers group when my children were small and it was such a blessing so I really appreciate and understand your journaling.

  • Reply Amanda May 15, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Sniff. A few little tears on reading this. I love that our kids, as well as us, have developed this lovely friendship. Last night in the bath,she made up a story where she and he went to the beach and built a massive sandcastle. Can’t wait to make that a reality this Summer.

    • Reply Katherine Lightner May 21, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      I know! Not that far away now.

  • Reply Mom May 15, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Lovely! So beautifully expressed! Mom xxxx

  • Reply CrystalK25 May 15, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Beautiful photo!

    • Reply Katherine Lightner May 21, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks Crystal!

  • Reply Jennifer May 16, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Such a great story and picture!!! So sweet to see these bonds develop and grow. They grow so fast. This a reminder to treasure those special, fleeting moments! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  • Reply Erin May 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    What a fantastic image and connection! Kids grow up way to fast and change in the blink of an eye, you have captured the moment perfectly!

  • Reply Melissa RIch May 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Such a beautiful post and a sweet moment captured! It all goes by so quickly. I love that you are recording these moments 🙂

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