But today, is a new day - and there is a lot of safety in age 30. It's not that I'm not as scared of my parents (let's be real, I'm scared of mom), it's because at this point, I'm too far along to disown. They've invested too much in me at this point to turn back. YOU ARE MINE.
So, one of the enjoyable features the wide world of Facebook has bestowed to me is getting to know my mom's friend circle. Dear ole' mom still can't stomach Facebook, but her friends sure get down with it! I've gotten adds from all her buddies and can enjoy in their girls dinners, trips and scrapbook yesteryear shares. Even though I haven't physically met some of them, I seriously delight in knowing they are apart of my mom's life and love her enough to seek out her daughters…and on top of that support them! I'm always getting all kinds of positive reinforcement from her clan.
One of my mom's friends who I actually do know personally, is my childhood neighbor, Mrs. Barbara. When I was running around the yard in either a Dorothy or Snow White outfit, climbing trees, playing fort, or making my playhouse the "Adoption Agency", she was a fence away from every girly laughter shriek, "LAURA DON'T TOUCH THAT!" battle cry, and Disney ballad I wanted to perform. Lord bless her.
But when I was younger, she was "Mrs. Barbara". She was the mother of 2 young men, the wife of Mr. Woody and the pup-mom of "Skipper". I could always count on her to be a solider when our elementary school made us sell holiday wrapping paper. I would have never made a field trip without her purchases. Many thanks.
But now that Mrs. Barbara has integrated me into her Facebook world, I see pictures of her way before she was MY "Mrs. Barbara".
Take this one for example:
But when I saw this picture, it really touched me. Because in her, I saw MY friends. The girls I'm having girls dinners with NOW. The gals I'm making road trip and vacation memories with as we speak. The homegirls who I take pictures with at parties and I can call when a call is needed.
It's a "wow" kind of moment.
I realized that all my friends who have lil' ones (you know who you are!) may one day have a Facebook account (if it even exists by then) and will see all the pictures I have of their mamas. (Because you KNOW I'm going to complete the Circle of Life and add their children. It will happen.)
So, today, let's thank our many "Mrs. Barbara's" in our life. Look around at your friends. Their "now" picture persona will one day be like the one above - a snap shot of them…before they add your children on Facebook. But in all seriousness, it is such a privilege to share our friends, with the children who will be in their lives.
I sure know I'm thankful for the presence of my mother's friends in my life.
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