Dood. We just got upgraded to first class on our flight back to DC from Memphis! Woot! Not to sound like a cracker or anything, but this is pretty sweet. I’ve traveled first class a couple of times before – usually on a buddy pass or that one trip where I splurged with my frequent flyer miles (totally worth it for the distance covered on THAT one), but I don’t think I’ve ever been spontaneously upgraded before. So nice. Thank you Northwest. And I hope this’ll help ol’ Critter Papa to have a better flight than usual. We shall see.
We’re on our way home from a fantastic and full long weekend in Memphis. In addition to spending time with Critter Papa’s side of the family, which was wonderful, we got together with friends from Rhodes to celebrate two weddings and three babies – including one that was born while we were there! Sarah did a masterful job of orchestrating the weekend and making everyone feel special. It’s the first time in five years that we have all been together – though most of us have seen each other from time to time in the interim. This is the group that all lived together our Senior year in college, and have celebrated bachelorette parties and other festive occasions together since then. We all went to Grand Cayman together our Junior year Spring Break, and again after our first year out of college. And yes, there are many stories that I won’t recount here (or anywhere else without a number of adult beverages first).
We got to meet the new husbands of two of our friends, and both are wonderful and perfectly suited for our friends. Hooray! Many blessings of happiness on them.
Since this is the Growing a Critter blog, I’ll focus mostly on the critter-ish aspects of the trip. Everyone was so sweet and interested in the little one that I’m walking around with all the time, and it was really fun to get to share that with both family and friends. We got to meet some of our friends’ children for the first time, and I must say that our friends have some terrific kids. They’re interesting and funny and smart and wonderful. And one has these enormously beautiful eyes and eyelashes that go on for days. His sister is going to be so jealous of those one day!
Megan, Amy and I have all been pregnant together for the past six months or so, and now Megan has a new baby girl! We got to visit her in the hospital on Sunday, and meet her new daughter – just one day old! That was really special and I’m so thankful.
Amy is due about five weeks before me, and she’s also having a girl, so Critter Papa and I are the only ones with a boy (other than the aforementioned eyelash-blessed one). I can feel him rolling and moving around right now – he must have liked the OJ that the flight attendant brought me.
One of the big highlights of the weekend was a Motherhood Blessingway that Sarah hosted. She’s done several of these with her tribe in her town, and it was really neat to get to share that with old friends. Megan couldn’t be with us, but we were all thinking of her and her new baby. Amy and I were given flower crowns…
Both fathers-to-be were also there, and that was really special to have Critter Papa there with me for the occasion. We made mother necklaces with beads contributed from all of the friends, and both turned out beautifully. I was so touched with how much their memories and thoughts of me reflected the natural world. That’s a great reminder to me to keep doing what I do, and to make sure that we instill those values and respect for the planet in our child.
We wove our lives and wishes together with blessings for each mama…
We shared scrapbook pages with the mamas, and there were some beautiful and funny things contributed. And then there were gifts!
The full slide show is here.
We started and ended our trip with family, and I’m grateful for the time we had with them, even though it was short. Next time we see them, we’ll have a baby! I think Critter Grandpa (we’re working on the “real” name) will come to visit soon after the Critter is born, and we’ll bring the wee one back with us when we’re in Memphis for the holiday.