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When brunch means more than egg casseroles and mimosas.

For the first time in 25 years I didn’t have a child heading to the first day of school today.

My youngest and only daughter graduated from Texas Tech University in May and now all three of our kids have completed their educations and are spread across the country living their best adult lives.

But that didn’t stop me from attending a “Mom’s First Day of Freedom Brunch,” a private mimosa-laden get-together to celebrate SISD’s first day of school.

I’m just a good friend like that.

Plus, I don’t have the willpower to turn down brunch.

So on Wednesday, I made a batch of spicy sausage balls, got a little more dressed up than usual and headed off to dine with a great group of ladies.

As we nibbled on fresh fruit, quiche and muffins, sipped champagne and chatted, I was suddenly struck by the importance of the moment.

One that involved a group of women who aren’t all necessarily close friends, but who share a common bond of motherhood and shared knowledge of what it truly means to be a woman; the joys, struggles and everything in between.

Among the group of women brunch-goers was a wine-maker, aesthetician and insurance agent. There were women who owned a clothing boutique, a gift shop and wine bar. There was a health care professional, Scentsy director and manager of two sno-cone stands.

We laughed, shared stories, toasted to a new school year and talked about what a crazy few months it has been. We didn’t count calories or check phones or worry about what we would make for dinner.

We soaked up the moment; an eclectic group of women from diverse backgrounds, social and political views and careers who came together for a few hours to support one another and foster new friendships.

As America recognizes the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, it’s important to remember that we all share more similarities than differences.

With the start of a new school year, I would encourage you to build a group of women you love, admire and trust and lean on those friendships.

Then brunch as often as you can. I’ll bring the champagne.


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