Motherhood turned out to be the most isolating experience of my life. That was unexpected, depressing and scary.
Then I got online. And an amazing thing happened. I began to connect with women from around the globe. Other moms. Some very much like me. Others quite different.
Each of you have enriched my life.
When I need advice, you are there.
When I need validation, you are there.
When I need reassurance, you are there.
When I need to laugh, you are there.
When I need to cry, you are there.
When I need to scream, you are there.
When I need to celebrate, you are there.
When I need consolation, you are there.
When I need to know I am not alone, you. are. there.
It's impossible to detail all the ways you have supported me. Lifted me up. Helped me. I don't know what I would do without you.
Sometimes I get to meet you in person. And it's like we're old friends reuniting after a long absence. There are those who do not understand online relationships. Others who choose to use the internet to be unkind. That is their loss.
It's not that I don't have meaningful friendships "IRL." I do. Wonderful connections. Friends who are there for me when I need them, too. But life has a tendency of getting in the way of regular contact. We try, but we just don't see one another as often as we would like.
Yet any time, day or night, I can connect with you. It's easier than a phone call. Quicker than an email. More accessible than an in person get together.
Through all the joys and tribulations that come with motherhood, you are there for me. Always.
I want to take this opportunity to say, "Thank you!" From the bottom of my heart.