A Tribe of Strangers

Yesterday I was at the nail salon for a lot longer than I had planned to be. As I was sitting through my manicure, I sparked a conversation with a mother beside me. She had the sweetest baby in a car seat between us.

She had four kids in her home too. She talked about the school they went to and we discussed the different challenges they faced. We talked about the best towns in the area to raise kids and why she moved to this community.

She excused herself to handle a diaper change and returned to a seat in the waiting area. I heard her begin talking to a first-time, expecting mother. They discussed her upcoming wedding plans and labor and delivery. They swapped ideas for the best place to shop for children.

The two were perfect strangers. Somehow their motherly bond fought through that wall and allowed them to both celebrate exciting, future events and help each other with mom tips. I know I was tired and was considering the many things I would need to accomplish in now limited time.

My guess is, these ladies were too. Yet they still found the energy and time to fellowship. These mamas found a way to connect and support each other. These women were open books to a newfound, just-for-this-moment, friendship.

My heart was soaring. These are the moments I love the most. When the mom-shaming and judgement goes away and the supportive dialogue begins. I love when mamas learn from each other and grow. I adore seeing mothers finding commonality in their roles.

Mama, you’re not alone. Even when you’re tired or even when you’re busy, you can find another heart who gets you. God will place people in your life to cheer you on and help to guide you through. Sometimes we can find our tribe in perfect strangers. You may even find them in the nail salon.

Hebrews 13:16
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

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