I can't remember the last time I was away from my children for more than an overnight or how delicious it can feel. And not just any overnight, but TWO overnights, and nowhere near home but in NYC, a city that practically pulses with possibilities. Before you think me a heartless, cold mom, I was pining for them barely 24 hours in, flogging myself for abandoning them. I did quickly recover — it was New York after all, and I was surrounded by my tribe.
Blogging is powerful. There is no doubt it's changed my experience of being a mother. Some days, it's what keeps me moving forward. I've watched the annual trek to BlogHer and never imagined I'd have the ability to join, but then I heard about a planned autism panel with women bloggers I've read for some time: Stimey from Stimeyland, and Shannon Des Roches Rosa of Squidalicious, both parents of a child with autism. Suddenly it changed from I could never go, to How can I not?
I'm so glad I did. In many ways, meeting my tribe helped me meet myself again. I am a mother of two amazing special needs kids, and god knows that is my starring and most fulfilling role. But I am also a woman who has interests and passions separate of that and being around my tribe, a group of women each so special and unique in her own right, each struggling and celebrating the same things as me — well, it fed my soul, propped me up and made me proud.
I know that I would not have survived the last four years as well as I have without my blogger friends. Such a real group of women, from Christine my awesome roomie, to Niksmom and Pixiemama, Kristen and Jordan, Melissa and Kyra and Stimey!
I adore each and every one of you. It was a pleasure.