Moms’ Moms Meet

It’s a familiar story.

Merri Mueller and her friend Antonia Landgraf both encouraged their mothers — one widowed, one divorced — to move out of their longtime homes, and to Connecticut.

Merri’s mom Joan

The women would be closer to their daughters and grandchildren. But they left behind many friends, and decades of familiarity.

In many ways, the moves worked out well. But Merri and Antonia realized that their mothers were a bit lonely.

“When you’re retired and live in a new place, it can be hard to make friends,” Merri says.

“If you’re super-outgoing you can join a club or play bridge. But if you’re on the shy side, it can be tough.”

So she and Antonia created a “Moms’ Moms” club.

One Facebook page and one get-together later, the feedback has been amazing.

Anotnia’s mom Maryan

The group first met for coffee. Another is planned for this Friday (December 7, 10 a.m.). After New Year’s, they’ll organize a book club, walking club, movies, dinners and more.

Women are thrilled to meet other women their age — their 60s and 70s — at the same stage of their lives.

“What a blessing!” one said after the first gathering. “Thanks for the gift of new friends that you young ladies offered these moms’ moms. And a lovely feast you provided! I look forward to another one — only next time let us help with the treats.”

One woman who brought her mother said they both enjoyed making new friends.

Now they’re looking for other “moms’ moms” new to town, ready to join them.

(Click here for the Moms’ Mom Facebook page. For more information — including the location of Friday’s meeting, email

Moms — and their moms — at the first Moms’ Moms meeting.

2 responses to “Moms’ Moms Meet

  1. Loretta Santella Hallock

    What a great idea.
    After I retired I started volunteering at The Treasure House. We are always looking for volunteers and it’s only a commitment of two three hour shifts a month. We are all volunteers and the money benefits Norwalk Hospital.
    Treasure House just moved to our new location on West Avenue in Norwalk.
    Volunteers are from all the area towns.

  2. Sheila R. Weiss

    Dan: As Past President of the Y’s Women, we have loads of new members who just moved here to be near their family. We have bimonthly lectures & many satellite groups for women to join. I wonder if these women know about us. The Y’s Women of Westport-Weston accepts members from all over Fairfield County. Our Luncheon at Birchwood is full in Dec., but anyone can be a guest at our next mtg on Jan 14th at 10:45a.m at Temple Israel’s Social Hall.