I know, at this time of the year we automatically think "Seasonal" means Christmas. That isn't what I'm referring to at all. I have learned over my life that certain friends are for a reason, certain friends are for a season. I've learned to let them go when the season or reason is over. Don't get me wrong, it's not a "using" situation, just a fact of life that in this day and age friendships do NOT last forever. Not only do people tend to move a lot, people are extremely busy and we just phase in and out of people's lives. It's sad, and at first I had a very difficult time with it...I don't know if it's more sad that I've gotten used to it, or if that's a good thing.
I guess the main thing I'm referring to right now is the friendships I cultivated online while pregnant with Haley and then we all stayed very close after the babies were born. It was such a sweet thing to know that you could go to this site and feel so comfortable letting it all out. These women knew exactly what you were going through. They were all going through it too (from morning sickness-all day, to sleepless nights, to toddlers driving us nuts-in the best way!) and we were all so close. But then the claws came out-is that inevitable in a group of women? No matter how close emotionally and no matter how far geographically? I'm sad to think that this is the norm.
Once the kid-gloves came off it was all over. Now there is ugliness about political views, SAHM vs. Working moms, and thoughts of someone w/in our group trolling for attention.
Last year at this time we were getting ready to celebrate our babies' first Christmases and exchanging addresses to do our Christmas ornament exchange. Now, there is animosity and ugliness...
The funny thing is, all this drama began right after we switched to a newly created (just for us) website called...of all things..."No Drama Mamas". Maybe we got too self-righteous about our peacefulness and lack of drama, maybe our season was just over. Good-bye February Mama group...it was great while it lasted. :*(