Something occurred to me the other day, as the cloud of negativity that had been following me essentially dissolved when I exited stage right from many mom groups. Instead of only seeing the ridiculousness that comes with the parenting community, in real life (yes -- fresh air, the whole shibang), I was able to see with clarity how many people are actually awesome and supportive to moms.
As I pulled up to the red light a couple months ago, which takes forever when exiting the Starbucks parking lot, I glanced over at the homeless man at the corner. This was the second day I'd seen him there. He carries a cardboard sign: “Homeless, Hungry, Willing to Work”, and a backpack.