At the end of every council fire at summer camp, we sang this song:
Round the blazing council fire’s light
We have met in comradeship tonight
Round about the whispering trees
Guard our golden memories.
And so before, we close our eyes to sleep
Let us pledge each other that we’ll keep
Camping friendships strong and deep
‘Till we meet again.
With Manic Mommies coming to an end, I find myself thinking of these lyrics. Life is a series of beginnings and endings, some achieved such as graduations, others forced upon us (as when I left summer camp kicking and screaming), and others chosen as with this podcast and blog.
Deciding to retire isn’t easy, but I know it is the right time because as we close the book on Manic Mommies, I have no regrets. Instead, I am filled with gratitude and pride as I look back on the past nine years.
I am grateful for the friendship I have forged with Erin, and by extension, her family. In a very real way Manic Mommies helped us transition from neighbors to friends across state lines.
I am grateful for the friendships I have discovered through Manic Mommies – some online, some in person. It’s hard making friends, and you made it easy.
I am grateful for the listeners and readers who shared our laughter, tears, successes and failures. That you took time out of your lives to listen to our stories still amazes me.
I’m grateful to the Manic Mommies community for sharing their wisdom and lending their support to Erin and I through so many things, and providing us with the validation when this parenting-thing had knocked us down. I’m looking forward to staying connected with each of you through our Facebook Page and other social channels.
I am grateful to the advisors, the supporters, and the sponsors for lending us their counsel, their support (emotionally and monetarily).
I am grateful to the “semi-regular” guests – Dr. Rob, the Meal Makeover Moms – as well as the authors, experts, and others who came on the show to share their wisdom, and answer our questions.
I am grateful to our families for allowing us to take the time for ourselves to, in the words of my husband from our “second” intro – “podcast again.” While I know you didn’t always like us sharing your stories, you understood our need to “talk it out” and “find the funny.”
I am grateful for the places I’ve been able to visit, and the adventures we’ve had because of Manic Mommies – remember when Julia Louis Dreyfus hugged me? Did that really happen?
And, believe it or not, I’m grateful to be able to bow out of Manic Mommies gracefully – she came into the world unexpectedly, but we couldn’t (wouldn’t) let her “fade” into the pod-o-sphere. She deserves that consideration and so do our listeners.
Just because ending the blog and podcast is right, doesn’t mean it’s easy. I am left wondering what life will be like post-Manic Mommies. While I don’t know what will come next, I do know one thing to be sure – we will meet again.
Thank you for listening. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for being part of the Manic Mommies story.