I have been going on a lot more dates lately. Well, not exactly dates I guess, at least not with men (although that is happening more too). I have been going out with friends more, and enjoying myself just being out and about as an adult woman (not as so and so’s Mom). This might not sound that unusual to those of you who have lives outside of your children, but as any full-time single parent knows, these types of outings tend to increase along with the ages of your children. And as anyone who works from home (in whatever capacity) knows, being out and about in the community is essential for both survival and thrival. OK, so thrival is not a real word, but I kind of like it.
I am digressing though, the point I want to make is that I am throwing off the straight jacket of isolation that has enveloped my life in many ways, and am letting the fun and lightness of life reinvigorate my soul. As I have re-joined the land of the free and communal, I have felt my world expand and open up. There are times when I am overcome with the beauty and joy of human connection. The small kindnesses we pay one another on a daily basis. The compassion and empathy I see displayed as I observe and listen in to the conversations of others, and with my own friends as we discuss and embrace the sweetness of life, the thrival of our soul connections.