Schools started here in Virginia a few weeks ago. By now I guess that they have started all over the US.
It was so sweet to see "my babies" in their first day of school photos. No, not my babies that I gave birth to. All of the babies I have met through La Leche League and other breastfeeding support. I feel attached to them all! So many of the moms who have come to LLL meetings, and even more who have come to the weekly breastfeeding cafe' that I have held almost every week, for eight years or so. And so many of them were first babies- it's easier to negotiate a coffee shop with one little baby than with a toddler and a baby. So, I not only get to follow these former babies, I get to see pictures of the younger siblings.
It takes me back to the first La Leche League Group that I started and led all alone in 1981, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Only two moms, with their kids, came to that first meeting. Then more and more moms came. We had an international group. Moms with the American Consulate, a Canadian mom. A couple of missionary women who were married to hill tribes men. A Swiss midwife and her new baby. A mom who had premature twins. I went back to Chiang Mai in 1997 and saw so many of those moms and their kids. The missionary families stay in place for a long time while doing their missionary work.
Most of the moms from then are grandmothers now. Thanks to Facebook, I have reconnected with many of "my" moms from back then and also from more recently. Even when folks move away it is easy to stay in touch.
We are sort of settling into our new house. We still don't have much furniture because it is still being used to "stage" our house in Reston in the hopes of selling it.
So now I have a longer drive to get to the Tuesday Starbucks LLL group, but I keep on going!
I thought I had a lot to write about, but I guess I am too tired.
Maybe next time. Good night.