The phone rings.
You race to the beach and don't go home again for over six months.
Here is Meg's story:
A special community of women
In February 2010 my sister's husband had a terrible kite boarding accident in New Zealand that left him paraplegic. At the time they had a gorgeous and very busy 2 year old boy and one new bubba on the way, so needless to say things were pretty tough. There are so many tragic parts of this journey but I've decided to write about one of the the special moments that have come about since.
Life as a mummy in a busy world can hurtle by without too much time to stop and take a breath so to me the way that my sister's mummy friends have gathered around her in such an extreme time of need, shock and grief was astounding. This community of amazing women in Wanaka who all led their own busy lives, some with dramas of their own banded together to assist a fellow mother. They did so without any expectation of thanks or accolades and the help has not lessened almost a year on. Here are some of the special ways in which they provided love, support and friendship:
* They organised deliveries of clothes, bedding, a tv, toys and lots of other homely comforts to the spinal hospital (a 6 hr drive) to make life more bearable for my sister and her son while they stayed at the hospital for 6 months (on the day of the accident my sister received a phone call, she left her son with a neighbour to spare him the horror and drove straight out to the site of the accident. They did not return home for the next 6 months)
* Care packages were sent every two months with all sorts of treasures to put a smile on my sisters face
* They cleaned their house, stocked the fridge, freezer and pantry before they returned home
* They helped unpack the car after finally returning home
* Their next door neighbour quietly slips in and takes the washing off the line, folds it and leaves it at their back door
* They arranged for 18 hours of home help, like a 'Rent a Mum' system
* Their grass is mowed without even having to ask
* A meal roster has been organised where the food is dropped off with a neighbour so that my sister is not having to host visitors
* Babysitting is insisted upon so that my sister, her husband and new baby get some time to rest.
Have you experienced or been part of a group supporting a Mum or a family?