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We were at a restaurant with friends, back when we didn’t sleep. Oliver drops his entire bowl of peas. I get up, yell "Oliver!" (and lots more) while staring at hundreds of peas on the floor. Just then, a friendly voice from behind me says "breathe". I take a breath, and start picking the peas one by one, with tears running down my cheeks. Oliver, my friend and her kids help me silently. She caresses my arm, "I know".⁣⁣⁣
Years later I still remember it, the silent help, the absence of judgment, that gesture. It doesn't take much to be that mom friend. We can all choose to be that friend.⁣