This family weekend was a little different. It was quieter – there were only five kids and five moms – and only one of the kids was a boy – a very quiet boy.
The trainer, an art therapist, that ran the parent session was a first-timer. One of the moms was new, and didn’t know what to expect. One mom was there for just the second time – the other moms: we are veterans. (When I say ‘mom,’ I am including grandmas, foster moms…we are all ‘mom’ to the children we visit.)
The subject for the parent session was serious. It was an art project that showed the difference between the face you present to the world and what goes on in your mind. Five women, who don’t know each other very well, spent 2+ hours working on the project and shared the meaning of their projects with the group when finished.
Introspection is exhausting. Helpful, but exhausting.