This past weekend I went to a Power of Moms Retreat.
There were two days full of training on how to create family systems, pick priorities, organize your time, and take care of the person inside of the mother. There were also lots of wonderful conversations amongst c. 25-30 mothers, primarily from New England.
Frequently when you bring together a group of people, the majority of whom are from the same religious/cultural/ethnic background, there tends to be a clustering, or the forming of cliques. With 2/3 of the attendees being Mormon at this retreat, that easily could have happened.
But it didn't.
We learned, encouraged, and formed friendships, building upon our desire to be great mothers.
It was unusual -- and deeply satisfying.
As building community always is.