I can’t decide on today’s topic. My ideas:
The Longhorns. Actually, that’s Jane Rose’s territory, so best not.
(350 – our recommended word count – words minus 84 equals 266 to go.)
I’ll go with Halloween, in a very indirect way.
Here’s the back story:
Back in 2003, pregnant with my son, I took prenatal yoga at Yoga Yoga. A great experience; I was surprisingly mobile throughout the pregnancy. But the best result? Becoming friends with a group of funny, smart, and truly kind mamas I now consider sisters.
Today, in 2011, there are eight of us. We are obsessively organized. We have a calendar with the dates of our biweekly ladies’ nights and who is assigned to set the venue (plus a backup planner). We include annual events, including weekend retreats, the December holiday dinner, and the December cocktail party with our spouses. We live by this calendar.
One of my favorite family events is our Halloween party. This was one of the first parties where we gelled as a group. We have a picture of the kids, none of whom could sit up yet, laid out on the carpet in adorable costumes. (Alas, I’m sure there will come a day when the kids will be desperate for us to abandon this particular tradition.)
Over the years, the Yoga Mamas became more than a social club. We are a support network we can count on. If one of us has a sick kid in the hospital, we bring food and visits. If one of us is sick? Food and visits. Usually one person is assigned to manage the delivery schedule. When I had surgery earlier this year that support was invaluable. My husband and son were well fed, and I certainly appreciated the delivery of illicit candy bars.
Support. Such a simple word something so invaluable.
And now, at the Ronald McDonald House, we have a new family support group on Thursdays for parents, families, and caregivers with a child in medical care. If you have a child at Dell Children’s, all you have to do is walk across the street. For others, our central location is super easy to get to. The group will meet in the Community Room.
Support. That’s what the Ronald McDonald House is about.
456 words. Whoops, too long!