I’ve been having a tough few weeks, as this post probably indicated. Many of the comments you guys left there sent me right through my ceiling and into the sky of gratitude of being able to be part of this incredible community. If I could run and hug all of you, I would.
And then the other day I opened up my email and saw this:
I have had such a strong vibe today to contact you…and when that happens, I always follow my gut.
If you have time in the next few weeks, I would love to drive down and finally meet you in person.
But more than that, Entrepreneur Superwoman, I’ve been worried about you and want to do something practical to lighten your load.
So, here’s what I propose! I drive to you, we yak for an hour or whatever you can spare, and on my way out, I hand you that night’s dinner and dessert. There are a few dishes I make that guests have really enjoyed and I will make whatever you prefer.
You seem so busy and stressed…the last thing you need to worry about is making a nutritious meal! I’m overdue in telling you how much I appreciate your giving me a forum for my writing …how could I possibly pay you back except to deliver a few minutes of TIME TO YOURSELF and freedom from the stove!
Before I tell you how this email melted my heart and reminded me about the incredible power of support and friendship among women, you should know this: I’ve never met the woman who wrote it to me. I was introduced to her by email a while back and extended an invitation for her to write on WIM. She did and we’ve exchanged a few emails here and there, but we’ve never actually met. I had no idea that she was even reading my blog and then I get this, the most kind, thoughtful email I’ve gotten in…. oh, a long time.
And my heart did melt. And suddenly I felt a literal jolt to remember how incredible women can be and how lucky I am to have met, either in person or virtually, the thousands of you who are members of the Work It, Mom! community. And I realized that I should be writing a lot more about moments like this than women’s behavior like this.
Because let me say this - women rock! I might sound a bit too much like Oprah here, but I don’t mind. Women rock, women support each other, women make incredible friends, and while the media might find mommy war stories a lot more interesting, the reality is quite different.
So go ahead, write a nice note to a tired friend or leave an encouraging comment on a fellow blogger’s post — maybe we can start our own version of the mom’s random acts of kindness.
(Oh, and instead of dinner I opted for pie:) and we’re meeting in a few weeks!)