Last year a new friend drug me to my first MOPS (Mother's of Preschoolers) meeting. I have to say, I wasn't overly excited. I was new to this whole Stay At Home Mom thing and sure didn't want to fit into any SAHM stereotype. I wasn't into playing with play doh all day, creating exciting crafts for my daughter on a daily basis, or talking about nothing but kids with a bunch of other women. I was different. I was a professional who was "trying out" this whole full time mommy thing. I wasn't like them.
Boy, was I wrong. I was like them. All of us with little ones at home are like them. "Them" are now some of my closest friends. Most of us don't hang out at the park on a daily basis. Most of us don't relish in a spic and span house. Most of us are doing good to get dinner on the table at night...a special feat for those in the group who don't cook! We don't sit around talking about when baby eats or how many diapers they go through in the day. Actually, when we are together, we rarely talk about our kids in detail at all. We talk about girl things, what to wear, how our husbands don't empty the dishwasher enough, the current issues. We laugh together, we cry together, we pray together.
Don't get me wrong. This is a great group of women who are wonderful to bounce parenting tips off of, but when we are together most of our time is spent in investing in ourselves as women. That, in turn, makes us better mothers, better wives, better friends.
We come away refreshed. Ready to tackle the world for another day. Because, at the very least we got to eat a bite without sharing it with our three-year-old and we were able to sit and chat without kids running around our feet. That is the joy of being in MOPS.