A lot of us do it.
We don’t mean to, but we do.
I definitely know I’m guilty!
Sure, we have such good intentions, but life gets busy. (And truth be told, I get lazy.)
When that school bell rings and the kiddos are finally released for summer break, we make plans to meet up with our other Mommy friends. We chat about weekly play-dates at the park, girls’ days at the poolside, and Moms nights out.
But as the weeks roll on, other things come up. Kids catch summer colds. There are a billion tasks to do around the house (after all, the children are there all day every day.) Road trips and vacations are mapped out. And swim-lessons, camps, and little league eat up whatever break you have left.
Before you know it, you’re scouring back-to-school ads for the best sales while kids pack their backpacks and set out first-day-of-school outfits.
Ahhh. Summer is over and you never met up with the gals. Disappointment sinks in.
Well, this year, I’m vowing to make it a priority to regularly get together with my fellow Mommy peeps. I mean, goodness, summer is when we NEED those breaks! Of course we love and adore our children… but for the sake of our sanity, we deserve some getaways! (Absence makes the heart grow fonder, am I right?!)
So, I’ll give every effort to not say “goodbye” to my friends for 3 months and, instead, say “see you soon!” And I’ll mean it; I won’t make excuses! Building those relationships and investing in them is important. Mommyhood is exhausting and daunting and we need each other’s support. I won’t be a slacker!
I encourage you to make your own personal pledge to grow your friendships this summer. Don’t let your fellow Mommies slip to the wayside. They need you! You need them! =)
Side note: With rather peculiar irony, I must announce my final farewell. It has been such an honor to write for the Iowa City Moms Blog, but alas, my time as a contributor has come to an end. I have chosen to step down, well… simply because I have never had a love for writing. I just wanted to be sure and say a quick thank you to all you AWESOME readers for hanging in there with me since the beginning and for your continued patience as I attempted to grasp this whole “blogging thing.” For real, a sincere shout out to you guys because you all rock and without you, there’d be no us! And special thanks to Kaitlyn and Sara and our amazing writing team for the opportunity to share some of my crazy, chaotic ramblings with this community of Moms. It was such a fun and rewarding experience and I look forward to seeing all of your lovely faces at future events and meetups.
So I suppose this is not really a “goodbye”… but rather “see you soon!” 😉
*Images courtesy of Microsoft Stock Photos.