When my saint of a husband got home from work he told me to go to the pool and he would make dinner and be with the kids. Praise the Lord! I grabbed a diet coke and the Village Magazine I'd been waiting to read with me. Precious and alluding alone time was mine!
Laying down in my chair by the pool, sun on my face, I flipped vol. 2 open to the letter from the editor by Krystal Donovan and the words she had about mother's needing to come together and form a village were like a healing balm to my soul that day.
"The one thing that we all have in common IS motherhood. We are all connected to one another, there is always something, some facet of this journey that we can all relate to that bridges the gaps between us all, something that bridges the gap between judgement, and the ridicule."
"I miss that village of mothers that I never had. The one we traded for homes that, despite being a stone's throw, feel miles apart from each other. The one we traded for locked front doors, blinking devices and afternoons alone on the floor playing one-on-one with our little ones."
I realized lately, moving somewhere new temporarily, I've been missing my village. It's easier to pull away and even just rely on my "online village", because I'll take my mom friends from afar via instagram or facebook over loneliness any day. But, I want to reach out further, and push myself to trusting others, and relying on others, and giving help and kindness back in return. It also made me dream of a global village, where the motherhood bond we all share can bring us together. Where I can smile at a new mom and tell her it's ok when she can't navigate her giant stroller though the narrow grocery store isles, and she can smile back and politely tip me off about the buttons I forgot to redo on the front of my shirt last nursing session. It's the little things that can add up to be bigger things. Things that I think would make motherhood even happier.
One little article sparked so many thoughts for me. The whole magazine though is filled with beautiful words, and even more beautiful photos. I love reading things that leave me feeling inspired, which is exactly what this did! Inspired to find time for myself, to be present in the moment, and to share real pieces of me. To slow down and enjoy life more instead of getting caught up in a modern busy day to day.
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