Support one, support all: Mama groups
I've written a lot on my personal blog about mamas' groups, and how much I love them. How they've been my lifeline many a time. It's hard, you know? Being a mama. It's simultaneously isolating and stifling; it brings all your hiddenmost issues to the surface, changing your skin from calloused to transparent in an instant.
Though I have all you, and we get together a lot, and I have my friends to hang out with on holidays and birthdays and knitting days, I don't really have a group right now. And I feel like I need one -- and I know lots of you need one too.
While you all might be organizing groups offline, it's likely many of you haven't the time or energy to coordinate. And putting together a bunch of groups individually (while it's certainly a goal) seems daunting. So what about just setting a time and a place and having those who can come, come, and separate into little groups? As I see it we need:
Sunday afternoons are my time (my husband gives this as a gift to me), and I'm hoping those of you who are co-parenting could arrange something with your partners; and single mamas and daddies might be able to coax a friend or relative to play with the children for a while. Let's just try and see how it goes; every other week I'll announce the meeting places for the next two weeks (and put them on the calendar); and if you can come, great.
This Sunday (today!) I'll be at Gladstone Coffee at SE 38th and Gladstone (btw Powell and Holgate). I won't really expect anyone but come if you can. Next Sunday, at Twisted on 23rd and Broadway. It's not huge, so if many of you mamas are available, we'll have to spread next door to Costello's.
If you have a better idea, or want to make some suggestions for how this could work, leave 'em in the comments!