Once upon a time in a far away land there lived a mom. No wait – it was faraway, so she must have been a mum. Perhaps she was from London. No, I’ve got it… Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there lived an Aussie mum. She, like many of us American mums, found herself on a magic carpet soaring high above her comfort zone. While she was pretty sure how she got there, she wasn’t quite sure where the carpet would take her. And it was a bumpy ride. There were many sharp turns. She lost sight of all the familiar faces from her past. She felt excited. But she also felt quite alone.
While drifting high above the world, she passed a familiar face. Then she passed another. They were not familiar because she had seen them before. They were familiar because she saw something about herself in them. They, too, were gripping their own magic carpets, dodging obstacles ahead – smiling at one turn, crying at the next, giggling at the next, pulling their hair out at the next. They were mums, too.
Above the world they flew together, facing the darkness ahead with excitement, tears, laughter, sorrow, anxiety, and much love…
Regardless of whether we live in America, Canada, the UK, Australia, or somewhere else, we enter this new phase of life that is motherhood and suddenly everything changes. We are faced with all the moments we prepared ourselves for plus all those mind-boggling things that no one ever thought to give us a heads up about. The people who once were our closest friends still might be there, but suddenly there is this new hole in our lives that needs to be filled. A wave of loneliness and a sense of isolation that we’ve never quite experienced before comes over us after birth. And it’s not exactly clear how to escape it because it’s not something they cover in prenatal appointments.
But when we all look up from the mountains of diapers and spit-up stained onesies, we see those familiar faces around us. They may not be our friends (we might not even know them and they may not even be parents nearby) but the bond is undeniable. We are not alone. We are all on this journey of motherhood together.
P.S. Mom Meet Mom is currently available in the U.S. and Canada. If you are a mum or a mom or a mommy or a mama somewhere in the world, we are excited to be bringing Mom Meet Mom to you very soon so that you all can share your carpets with some local mum friends. I can’t wait to meet you all In the meantime, please sign up for updates here.