After a not so great day, yesterday was like a ray of sunshine. I felt great the couple hours I had to put in at work, my kind boss came in for me so that I could go to a dear friend's baby shower. The shower was the just about the most fun I've had in a long time. Several very good friends were there, everyone was in a jolly mood, playing those silly baby shower games (the candy bar in the diaper game was a hoot) and the decorations were adorable - everything pumpkin. It was like a living Pinterest board of cutestness! And best of all, I got to be part of this lovely group of women welcoming a very special little baby into the world. His family lost a baby 2 years ago and his gift of choosing this beautiful family to be born into is very wonderful. His older brother and sister are so excited to meet him. So my gift for this day was easy, a hand knitted baby hat, plus two more for a sweet gift the mom is putting together for another mother in need (this mom is exactly like that - always feeling grateful for what she has and so willing to give), and a Moby Wrap so this little guy's mom can get a few things down while she is holding him all day.
I am also so grateful to have reconnected with a woman I've known for years but hadn't seen in a long time. We're both friends of this mom and she was at the shower. I was happy to see her, but just had this nagging feeling, "I wonder why it's been so long? Does she not really like me?" - common insecurities for me. But I smiled and chatted, and thought, I really like her, I'm so glad to see her, just be happy with that. At the end of the party she called me over as she was helping clean up and said "I'm so glad I saw you today. I'd love to come to a group meeting (we were in a birth related group together, but she hadn't been in years)." I had stopped inviting her because she never came, I wondered if she just didn't like me....But she said she had given up the business she was in and it was a hard time for her and that's why she just cut that connection. Oh. Another reminder that we just don't know what's really going on with other people, we're often guessing, and it's often not really about us. So hopefully I'll see her again soon, she really is an amazing person, and she even committed to blogging for our new group blog. I felt so good hugging her and saying goodbye. On the way home I reminded myself to maybe try a little harder to deepen the connection next time something like this happens. I think she maybe could have used a friend, but I was too afraid she didn't like me. More courage!! :)
I hope you have a great Monday and openly receive all of the gifts coming into your world today.