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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)