My new BFF's January 30 2015 1 Comment

This morning I drove away from the kids second day of school with a massive grin on my face. 

Yes I was glad to be back in the school routine and to have more time on my hands. But I already miss the slowness and spontaneity of the holidays, as well as the quality time I spent with my boys.

But the grin was not about that. 

I did not realise how much I had missed the other school Mums on our amazing 54 days of summer.

Our eldest boy has just started year three and I already I have strong bonds. We share a nostalgia that is usually only shared with really old friends. We braved the first day of Prep together, we have cheered on at sports days, wiped away their child’s tears as if they were our own and text late at night for details on the almost forgotten cake stall or book week requirements. 

We have not been judged when we turned up late in unmatching shoes or accidentally forgot an important assembly.  Instead these things have endeared us to each other. We are in this together and no one else quite understands. It’s so nice to share this camaraderie with the eclectic mix of women who have crossed my path. Some fleetingly, others who already know almost everything about me. 

The Mum I see in the tuck shop line every Friday, the stylishly dressed Mums heading off to somewhere exciting, the late Mum double parking, the new Mum balancing backpacks & babies with equal grace. I love and relate to them all. 

I didn’t realise how much I loved my short conversations, exchanges of wisdom and empathetic knowing glances each day. I have made friends with some people I perhaps may not have before motherhood. The kids choose their own friends and school fete rosters force you together. Everyone has a story. 

It’s not just the kids being welcomed back into the comfortable, familiar embrace of the school yard and it feels good.

If you're just starting out on this journey, I'd remind you to not judge a book by its cover. Along with your kids, you too are starting an amazing adventure where true friendships are formed. Do you agree?