Sometime last year someone sent me a link to something called Mama Tao. It was a satire blog about the most ridiculous and dangerous natural birth practices. The person who sent it to me was displeased with the attitude behind Mama Tao. Me? I thought it was hilarious. So I emailed Mama Tao. And that is when my whole world tilted.
I joined all these groups, met so many women from different walks of life. There were doctors and lawyers, students, and stay at home mom's. You name it, someone did it. There was one common denominator, they all believed the same thing; too many babies were needlessly dying due to an insane rhetoric. And they were trying to change that. And I wanted to help. And I have been.
But that is a story for another time, i'd rather talk about friendship.
I am forever changed by these women. Not only have I learned incredible things about childbirth, I've learned incredible things about the true nature of people. Support, love, advice, talking someone through their issues. You name it, they've done it for me. And I do it for them. I haven't even met most of these women and I would do anything they asked. And to the ones I have met: I love you so much!
Bambi, you are a strong, beautiful person. You are constantly putting yourself into painful situations helping women who've lost their children. Sitting with them, holding their hand, being a shoulder to cry on. I know it stirs up painful memories of Mary, but yet you are there, anytime someone needs you. People have labeled you incorrectly, and that's their loss. You are amazing. I love you and your family. I love when you and James bring the kids over and we just get to be together.
Sara, you and I have forged an unbreakable bond. You are kind, patient, hilarious, understanding. You and I share the same brain, and we're partners for life. I would not be the same without you, or your crazy boyfriend. I love you guys. Now tell Matt to get working on those plans for our dream home.
Cindy, I've only met you once but I can't wait to see you next week. You are amazing and we had a blast.
There are so many people I could thank for a moment or a kind word or a laugh. Elinor, future sister wife, someday we'll get to meet. Aleah, Snape, baby! Stephanie, always a kind word for me, always. Lisa, for getting me into all this...and Lily...oh Lilyyyyy I love thee. There are just too many people to list, and too many thank yous. I get to meet Marlo soon, and Heather, and Liz. And it's going to be awesome!
And i'm not the only one making these amazing friendships. Raptors are meeting all over the world. It's amazing.
The support you guys showed me after Christian died, and through this rough road of anxiety and depression...I don't even have words. Some days I don't know how I would get through without your virtual hugs, encouragement, and laughter. Just knowing you guys are there makes all the difference. True friendship is a beautiful thing. Thanks for me teaching me the difference between a nasty, poisonous friendship and the real deal. If I didn't mention you, you know I love ALL of you...bitches.
Posted by Lindsay R. on Friday, June 29, 2012