Family & Friends

Heather and I had the awesome opportunity to go with away with 8 wonderful woman that we have met through our children. We are all moms, career women, tired women and lucky women for we have forged such strong friendships over the last year that I am not entirely sure how I had lived without one another! We have 1-3 children each with ages ranging from 6 months – 14 years old and have played the roles of caretakers, counselors and comedians as we have begun to spend almost everyday together.

This weekend we had a lot of laughs and shared many stories all based around our husbands, children and our own families (our parents/siblings). Some were fantastic about songs they made up with their siblings or how one woman is starting a business with her sister and others were…tragic – dealing with the loss of a sibling, illness of one or even the estrangement of others. Everyone had a different story of closeness and sometimes the drama that slowly tore relationships to pieces.

I couldn’t help but think of the work Heather and I have done in the area of this most complicated of relationships – siblings. We speak of the intimacy we share with our siblings, the love and memorioes we can share and even the resentment we can harbor. Is there a time that it is better to say goodbye to a relationship that makes you feel like you are drowning or is better to keep fighting for the person that you have grown-up with, fought for and ultimately…if you really pause over this…love?

Maybe that is what is so important about friendships…they can be fresh with no emotional baggage and they can ask you to share stories that perhaps you have not thought about in years – rekindling what you felt was lost forever.

Try out a new friendship with someone in your family.

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