Written by Kara Anderson of Quill and Camera.
“The great motherhood friendships are the ones in which two women can admit (how difficult mothering is) quietly to each other over cups of tea at a table sticky with spilled apple juice and littered with markers without tops.” ~ Anna Quindlen
We gather on Tuesdays. Our four families.
We bring pastries and Pokémon cards, and there is always tea.
Buckets of tea.
Embarrassing amounts of tea.
We gather around a table covered with muffins and fruits and cheese; books and broken pencils and drying art projects.
(Those last few are mostly at my house.)
There’s no schedule. No real plan.
There’s never pressure to host.
We understand when one of us is swamped with work or finishing a paper for a class. We get it when church commitments come up.
And yet, it happens almost every week, in some form or fashion, and it has become one of the most important things in the world to me.
These friendships, formed around homeschooling and mothering and being daughters and wives – I hold them in my heart.
I’ve wondered what to call the wonderful feeling I get while sitting around those tables.
And then, recently, I read about hygge.