What do you get when you put single moms together in the same room?
Laughter…lots and lots of laughter oh and some serious singing going on!
That’s what happened last weekend.
The Power of Single Moms Community
It was our second gathering for the small Single Moms Indonesia group that I initiated with a couple of girlfriends. We are going on 27 members as of the moment this post goes live. The members came from different walks of life just the way single motherhood does.
For some of us, the gathering was the first time we met in persons after a few months of communicating online and on the group.
In total there were 9 of us who made it to the gathering. There was no awkward silence or weird conversations. We all came from different backgrounds; different life…yet one thing unites us. We are all single moms.
We had lunch and chat. Yes, there were brief discussions about our exes but they weren’t part of the soul of the group. They were histories we happily put behind us. Sitting there among these strong women the bonding grew thicker. Listening to what some of these ladies have been through, really put things in perspective. We understand the challenges we all are facing on a daily basis, being single moms in a country where we are still being looked down on yet we keep going forward. We keep on keeping strong.
We didn’t spend our time to trade our wounded stories deeply…maybe because some of them had their little ones with them but the whole energy was very positive. Lots of laughter and giggles.
Some of the girls had a makeover by one of our talented members. Amazing what a good colored lipstick can do to your self-esteem, right?
After lunch, we went up to a karaoke place. My first ever karaoke experience. For that one afternoon, we let off steam, we got to laugh, relax, and sing our hearts out to songs that express our feelings. Some of us got to enjoy a little freedom while our children are under someone else’s care for a few hours – like myself, my brother and sister-in-law took my son to a birthday party.
It was a fantastic day well spent!
When we single moms come together, it’s not just about sad stories it’s also stories about courage, strength, success, and empowerment.
I am so grateful to have met these strong women.