This is not true because I have any special skills in the area, but because it matters to me. Creating a net, a safety net, of women that I love and respect seems almost as important as nurturing my family. It adds oxygen and vitality and nutrients into my life. And I don't feel like I am speaking metaphorically here. I really really mean it.
I know a great lady who is moving this week. Her life has changed and she is taking on some new challenges and opportunities, and moving is part of the deal. She arranged a last-minute late night for all of her close friends the other night, where we ate and sat in a big circle and laughed and talked. We offered up personal anecdotes about life and shared common experiences with mothering and wifing. Boy, was it food for this soul.
Little micro-lessons. Little validations. Little hand-holdings. Being a woman with friends like this rocks the party.