Sunday, March 07, 2010

The beauty of women

Nine women converged on Orlando.

We took a chance.

The vast majority of us have either never met, or only had very limited contact via blogs and email.

I could never describe our differences. It wasn't until I actually arrived that I could appreciate the insane risk we all took in coming to this place. Backgrounds, beliefs, personalities, histories ... all so diverse.

And yet ...

We have laughed til we wet ourselves and we have cried til we purged some massive pain (okay, so the pain is still there but we had a safe place to share it!). We all parent children with special needs. We all have something to give and we have all needed our souls to be fed by one another. It was serendipity at its most magnificent.

Please, do not wallow in jealousy that you weren't here ... because you were. We all really did understand how we represented this entire village. This weekend allowed us to put a tiny blip of it in flesh and blood and simply solidify what we have all wanted to truly believe - we. are. not. alone.

I really wanted to write a little blurb on every single woman. I started to. However, each blurb kept turning into a novelette. I can't limit my thoughts. They are exploding and spilling out of my ears right now. I'm trying to figure out how to bottle my joy so I can sniff it as needed.

Again: you were here, too. Trust me. We talked about you. We longed for you and hurt for you. We also laughed for you and peed our pants a little for you.

Cause we're fancy like that.

See the rest of you next year, but for real this time, K?

11 comments:

Elizabeth @ TexasEbeth said...

I'm so glad you had a truly wonderful time! I'm also envious but have started a savings account for stuff like this next year. Are you considering bringing your crew to HPU Homecoming this year? You're close enough now ya know. ;)

Kerrie said...

I may have been "there," but I sure felt "here" being called stupid and ugly by my daughter all weekend, sick with jealousy that I was not "there." My totally selfish conversation with God for the next nine months will be, "please, please please give Josh a whole pile of commission this year so I can go too!"

waldenbunch said...

I prayed for ya'll this weekend, knowing it would be great and cathartic and all that. I truly believe we are all in a battle for our childrens' souls and it was time for you to recharge and fortify each other. The rest of us were definitely thinking about ya'll!

Hannah_Rae said...

I ditto Kerrie's comment. The whole thing, except I have a son. I wish I could have physically been there. Maybe next time.

Blessings!

Hannah

Diana said...

I'm another Kerrie ditto on the whol thing - except I have two adorable male RADical darlings. I also long for the opportunity to actually be able to leave for more than just a couple of hours.

Brenda said...

I am wallowing. You can't make me stop.

BeckyJoie said...

And to think I COULD have met you too, since I'm only 45 minutes from Orlando. I'd have loved to meet so many other moms who deal with the whole RAD thing. Sometimes you just feel so alone in this journey. I am blessed to have a mom in my church who knows personally what this is like but we all live such busy lives. I'm glad you were able to get together with other moms. I hope you had good time. Next time, if you want, let me know and I will come too. :>)

J. said...

yep, I was here too, really here but I happy that perhaps a little piece of me was there and that you are all good enough to pee a little for me as well!

Mama Drama Times Two said...

You are just so sweet. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Annie said...

How cool is that?

Laura said...

It was a. mazing. You all gotta come next year!!!