A couple of months ago, I received some unexpected mail from one of my oldest, best friends. She is also my sorority sister. It was a simple note telling me that she was thinking of me with all that’s going on in the world. She included an Amazon gift card. I had no idea how much I needed it. I’m pretty sure I got choked up.
We comfort each other no matter what.
Since we’ve become mothers, my friends and I make sure we check up on each other. We let each other know that we’re there for each other: there is no topic off-limits for discussion. If we’re feeling uncertain or inadequate, a friend is just a phone call away. If we want to share good news about our kiddies, a text with several pictures is always welcome.
I maintain this type of relationship with several women. Since receiving that thoughtful card, I pledged to check up on all of my mom friends more consistently. It’s so important to me that I even add it to my to-do list! It may be a call, text, or a card. We can chat about work, kids, our spouses, or anything. Ensuring that my friends know I’m there for them in any capacity is the goal. Isolation is one of the worst realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mom friends help each other through hard times.
In fact, the COVID-19 pandemic has been extra hard on mothers. New moms, working moms, stay at home moms, and everything in between. We have a unique experience that can only be understood by those in the same situation. There is no need to explain every detail for understanding when I talk to my friends. I can simply just be me.
Receiving that card with just a little somethin’ somethin’ for me really lifted my spirits. It showed how just dedicating a small part of your day can bring positivity to someone else.
I challenge every one of you reading this to reach out to your mom friends in any way you can!