Today's topic: Belong
We all have groups of friends with whom we feel we belong. But the older I get and the more complicated my life gets, the more I realize that I don't belong with just one group of people. I have my Ds community friends, and we all have in common a child with Down syndrome, but that's about the only running theme. I have my Catholic girl friends, and we get together and have girls' nights and hangouts. Some of us are married, some aren't, some have lots of kids, some don't. Then I have my book club friends and the only thing we all have in common is enjoy reading and drinking. Back when we were still in law school, I had my "law school wives" friends. These girls were usually all religious, since our hubbies went to a Catholic law school, but some were Mormon and some just called themselves "Christians." If you cut out any one of my groups, I'm a bit lost. I belong with all of them, but not solely with any one of them. We don't talk books at girls' nights and we don't talk Ds at book club.
Life has gotten more complicated and to whom I belong has gotten more diverse, but even as we move around the country, I try to keep in touch with friends from my old groups and find new groups to join. Because we all belong somewhere.