We had parent-teacher interviews for Miss Mischief the other night. Year 12's have them earlier than everyone else, because they're nearly finished with their coursework for the year. And as we sat with each of her teachers I realised how much I miss my tribe. We had to catch up with each other before we could catch up about Miss Mischief. I've missed that I can't just pop into the Library and chat with my very dear friend, who is the Library Tech. And I can just have a spur-of-the-moment cuppa with my friend up the road, or have a quick five-minute chat in the car park after school. And a weekday breakfast with my book club gals is now off the table. I just feel a bit disconnected, and I'm not sure how to go about getting that back. I desperately need my tribe. They are my go-to people when things are great, and not great and everything in between. They are the people we pop in on spontaneously when we have a couple of hours to kill. The people we have dinner with. The people we camp with. The people we celebrate our family accomplishments with. We all need a tribe to belong to. We have had a period of time when we were practically tribe-less and it was a pretty lonely kind of place to be.
But how does one keep connected to their tribe when their days are full in a place that is away from their tribe?