We went without power on Sunday for about 10 hours. It was raining and storming in LA, like we haven't seen for quite awhile. It was cozy and nice for the first part of the day, but once the power was out it was all brains on deck: What to do with the kids when you can't go outside and you can't turn anything on? Luckily, Elijah took a nice long nap and Christian can easily entertain himself with a pile of pillows and a few stuffed animals, so I got a chance to make up a big pot of vegetable soup. I filled everyone up with soup and then said, "Well, I'm off!" (I had made plans about 2 months ago to meet up with some new friends from out of town.) Before Elijah was born, I could not imagine a situation where I would "ditch" my hubby and kids in the middle of a rain storm to have dinner with people I had actually never met in person before. But Elijah opened up a whole new world for me. He opened up a world of people that have been in my shoes before. The Mommas that also have a child with Down syndrome. A world of people who have been on this journey longer than me, the same amount of time as me, and even less than me. And it turns out there are some pretty cool people that are part of this world. I had dinner with 5 of them.
It was cool. The greatest thing is that I felt that even without our child's special needs, we would have gotten along, and we would have been friends. I will admit that it was nice to be able to shorthand the situation. They all know exactly what it's like, they know what questions to ask and there is little, to no, explaining to do about it. I loved it. Yeah...technically we met on the internet, but these ladies "get" me. They are my people.
My people won't replace the friends and family who know me so well, but they make a nice addition. They add an element of knowing that is nice to have around. Most of the time, I'll probably want to go to an old, trusted friend to say I had a rough day, but sometimes...if that rough day involves a little one with an extra chromosome... I might need to go to someone to say, I had a rough day, simply so they can say, I know. And they do.
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