Women folk have a reputation for not helping each other out. Let’s face it, Alexis Carrington gave “Dynasty” its biggest ratings when she deliberately startled Krystal Carrington’s horse with a gunshot, resulting in Krystal’s miscarriage. Yes, I was only ten when I snuck out of bed to watch this episode from around the family room corner while my parent’s indulged in their “alone time”. But it did give me a heads-up: ladies are on Earth to destroy other ladies. (Unless they’re sister-wives but I didn’t get that because “Big Love” hadn’t been invented yet.)
Of course, over the years, my experiences haven’t always backed up this early childhood hard wiring. I’ve had the good luck to fall in with groups of women who support instead of destroy. But, like everyone else, I’ve also had experiences with the slightly un-hinged, women whom I know better than to be riding a horse around while pregnant, if you know what I mean.
Last week, I was invited to a lunch at Bar Pitti in the Village. This lunch was put together by Adina who is responsible for super-cool and ultra-cute website with a philanthropic bent, Little Lunalu. She was visiting New York from London, and wanted to meet up with the moms of New York with whom she had connected with through her site.
Adina wasn’t kidding with this list of ladies – she invited Casting Director and Planet Awesome Kid maestro Julia, Lyss from Divalysscious Moms, Elina from Mamaista (as well as new Babble launch Family Style Blog), Liz from Cool Mom Picks, Holly and Hadley from Tada Shop, Krista from The Momtographers, Lara from ikidNY, and I do not know how I made the cut – but I got the invite, too.
Most of us were meeting for the first time, and I do believe from the outside looking in, you’d believe we were all old friends. There was no agenda, no task of networking or proving. It was a table full of ladies just sharing stories, finding out how we were connected, and in my case, being slightly star-struck by getting to hang out with such inspiring women. And the flurry of emails after the lunch, with everyone involved telling the other one’s “Thank you” and expressing the sentiment that we really need to do this again – it was really jaw-droppingly cool for me to be involved with such a positive collection of women.
[Special big THANK YOU to Krista, who took each and every photo here. Her site, The Momtographers is awesome, and has great easy-to-follow advice for the budding momtographers in all of us.]