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Play Groups and Veteran Moms

by Mamajil on February 3, 2013

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When my oldest was little I was a part of a mother’s morning out at my church. Oh how I cherished those few hours to myself every week!! When child number 2 came along our oldest was starting Kindergarten and since we were home schooling a mother’s morning out was no longer possible. It made free morning’s a thing of the past!!

As the years moved on and more and more children were added to our family I totally forgot about the years of mommy groups. I just became one of the regular busy moms running kids to dance, ball and music lessons in between having babies and homeschooling.

My older kids got older and graduated from school and my middler’s became the big kids my littles became middler’s and the babies became the little’s….everyone has kept moving up in the ranks and changing positions and I continued as the busy mom. It wasn’t until a few years ago while I was at the ball field with my little boys that I realized that the mom’s at the park were about the age of my oldest son and the women my age were there to see their grandkids.

As I pondered this I started thinking about how all my friends my age didn’t have little kids anymore and all the moms with kids the age of my younger kids were all about 10 to 20 years younger than me, not a big deal just an observation.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I got a Face Book invite to a mommy’s park day. It has been probably 20 years since I’ve been asked to come to a mommy’s play date. I wasn’t even sure how I scored an invite with the young moms, but I was kind of tickled to have been asked. I waited to confirm because even though it was fun to get the invite I must admit I was wondering if I was too old of a mom to accept.

Well, I went and it was fun! I do have to laugh because there are things the new moms were talking about that I had NO IDEA what they were discussing……for example there was a whole conversation on the topic of spanx’s, I quickly figured out that spanx’s had to be a cross between the retro body suit and a girdle making having to go potty a difficult task. I did use lots of deductive reasoning to come up with that…then I came home and googled it LOL!
I also made a mental note that probably after having had ten children anything that makes getting to the potty quickly a challenge is not a good idea so I will leave that to the younger moms with steel clad bladders!

There was also a very cute yoga pants dress code. I didn’t know about the dress code but I totally don’t think I could pull that off either… So I was the one dressed a bit old-ish.

In my childhood days the old moms wore hush puppy shoes and knit pants…. I was the modern version of the old-ish moms of my day; I wore wool pants and black somewhat NOT so cute but very comfortable black shoes.

I did bring a bag of pretzels which seemed to be a hit with all the kids so I give myself 10 points for that one (trying to offset the 20 negative points I gave myself for the un-cool outfit) and I was able to help one of the first time moms open and fold her stroller so that has to be worth a few more positive points….

I had a good time and it was fun. My little girls had a blast. It was very sweet that these moms thought to include me. Maybe I wasn’t too un-cool to be invited back……

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Davene Grace February 3, 2013 at 1:53 AM

This made me smile. :)

If I were having a park day, I would DEFINITELY invite you!!! :)

Karen@SurvivingMotherhood February 4, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I would definitely invite you, too!
Of course, my kids are at the age now where me taking them to the park is no longer cool. So, when my teenagers go off with their friends to do teenager things, I guess I would invite you over to may house to be an un-cool “old” person with me.
You wouldn’t have to think too long about accepting that invitation, would you? ;)

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