I had just moved to a new town and didn’t know any other parents. The weather was hot -- way too hot to take my 18 month old to the park -- and I stopped by a consignment shop I had seen while I was driving around.
While I was there, wandering around with my 18 month old exploring the child play area, another mom came in with a girl a little older than my son. Our children started playing together in the play area and soon she and I began a conversation. It turned out that she had recently moved to the area, too, and was looking for help with her daughter. Thus began a long friendship of mutual support. Even though we both later moved, we still kept in touch through our subsequent pregnancies, job challenges, and life’s surprises.
My friend, Tamsen, and I didn’t make all the same decisions regarding our parenting, but we found that we were both parents who cared a great deal and went out of our way to do what was best for our children. We were great support for one another and our families enjoyed each other’s company. Who would have thought that would be the case with someone I met at a children’s consignment shop seemingly by chance?
Do you have any stories of how you’ve met other parents or people who became a good support to you? Let’s inspire each other with the interesting ways that we find each other! What’s YOUR story?