Last Friday Momma had lunch with a special group of women who share a single, simple bond with our family. They have experienced profound loss...death of a child/spouse/sibling. In a normal world, we probably wouldn't have ever met. Our social circles don't necessarily intersect. But now. Now these women are, in many ways, family. Friends who understand Momma's heart. Friends who require no words, apologies, or explanation.
It is so hard to describe this bond to others. To lifelong friends who continue to stand by our sides, desperately wanting to support and provide love. To family members who are also navigating their grief while wanting to be strong for Momma and Dadda. To other friends and co-workers who, after 19+ months, believe we must be "over" this tragedy.
Momma equates this new group of soul-mates to other types of groups. Actually, one group in particular - knitting circles. In these groups individuals congregate based on a common bond - knitting. The conversations that take place over knitting...well, that's where the magic happens. As knitting needles create new patterns, colors, designs the discussions take a parallel path.
It's similar when Momma connects with The Comfort Circle. The connections may take place over e-mail, telephone, Facebook, lunch, a glass of wine. It doesn't matter. The level of comfort, the sigh of relief, the removal of the mask, is always similar and liberating. We find each other completing sentences, finishing thoughts, laughing as we share like experiences. Oh, what a morbid mystery we must be to other diners when we have a group meal!
Peanut, death, loss and tragedy have changed not just Momma and Dadda...they have transformed our friendships and interactions with the world. But, rather than see this as a negative Momma chooses to see it as an amazing, positive impact. Another ripple in your Peanut Effect.
I send a note of love to Heaven on behalf of the women who have touched Momma's heart, surrounded us, and shared in our journey. Sarah, Amy, Nancy, Jill, Shawn, Laura, Jules, Katie, Laurie, Ann...and so many others. I hate that we know each other. I love that we know each other.
Peanut, it is in these connections that I feel your presence the most. I still feel you, every moment of every day. And, oh, how I love and miss you. To the moon - and back.