Hallie turned eleven in March. I turned into a bigger worrier having come to a point that I didn't have an answer to every question. Besides she doesn't always want to hear what I have to say right now. This happened with Hayden too, but I was ok with not understanding some things-boy related and relied heavily on Jason.
Relying and relating are necessary especially during transforming times. Hallie is changing and maturing, but it's a transforming time for moms too. I began to yearn for guidance and friendship. I wanted together-time for Hallie and myself. I wanted a place for community amongst other moms and other girls. Hallie needs to know that other girls experience insecurity and unkind treatment. She needs to know there other moms that have high moral standards for their girls. As I talked with other moms I knew I wasn't alone.
We decided to have a monthly gathering of preteen girls and moms and grandmas. Other ladies have joined us (moms of boys and college and high school age girls). My heart smiles with joy as we have a growing community of girls ages 6 to ?
Out of this community has sprung an online community too. Girls from other US states as well as Europe and Canada have joined us. We are moms, daughters, grandmas, sisters and friends with a common father; a father who I believe smiles as we come together in his name.
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