Watching my son interact with his guy friends reminds me that he's not a baby anymore. It's bittersweet. On one hand, he doesn't just snuggle with me and rely on me to do everything for him. On the other hand, now that he can do so much more for himself, I can just enjoy spending time visiting with my mom-friends while our kids run around!
I pray my son will always have a core group of God-centered, rambunctious but kind, polite but courageous guy friends. Camaraderie and friendship are so important, no matter what age we are. We need people that get us. We need people that like the things we like AND can open our minds to things we've never even heard of before. We need friends to hold us accountable to our ethics and our dreams. We need people that will teach us to have tough skin but tender hearts.
Since becoming a mom, I've consciously set out to build friendships like these. Staying at home can be so isolating...and we moms all seem to think we are the only one who's lonely. And in our society lonely = loser. NOT TRUE. Lonely just means you are smart enough and brave enough to recognize, "Hey, I need more quality relationships in my life!"
You know the saying, "To have a friend, be a friend"? DO IT. Today. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or working parent or retiree or college student or cubicle-dweller, reach out to someone. Invite them to lunch. Don't just say you're going to get lunch together sometime--SET A DATE. Make it happen.
Sometimes friendships fall in our laps, but more often than not, we have to work for them, especially as we get older and life places more responsibility on our shoulders. And as great as Facebook is for keeping in touch, those 'relationships' can never be as rich as the ones where you are in another's presence. Believe me. I'm striving to practice what I preach in this area of my life. And I'm teaching my son everything I learn.
**stepping down off my soapbox**
If you are participating in this year's Project 52, leave me a comment and let me know...I'd love to link up with you!