Our Grandmother is an amazing woman. From what I understand, her mother was just as amazing. Grandma has told us how on the first day of school, she would send her 4 boys to school. After she dropped them off, she would fly right to her Mother's house for some love and support. Her Mother would have a wonderful breakfast all cooked up. Grandma's sister would end up at their Mother's house too after she dropped her boys off at school. Their Mother knew they would be upset and in need of a shoulder to cry on or someone to laugh with. And she was always ready with her love and an amazing meal.
Two years ago when my oldest son was going into kindergarten, Rebecca had just moved back to Arizona. I invited Rebecca and our older sister as well as our Mother over for breakfast. We all dropped our kids off at school and ended up at my house, where I had prepared a nice breakfast. We sat around the table and laughed and cried. We talked about what it was like at drop off and how our children did (and how we did). It was a wonderful way to spend the morning.
Last year, both my sisters had to work so they couldn't come over for breakfast. But I did gather with a few of my friends at a local coffee shop for some shoulder crying and yummy treats. We talked about how our children did and how we did.
This is totally something I want to continue. I think as women and mothers, we need to support each other. I had a little one crying in my lap last year so there wasn't much boo-hooing from me. But this year, I'm not sure. I would love to be surrounded by women I care about and help support them on their day too.