This time of year puts a big focus on friendship.
We see them at holiday parties or we make it a point to get
together. We sometimes exchange gifts and share holiday
As the lyrics of "It's the Most Wonderful Time of
the Year" reminds us:
It's the hap-happiest season of
With those holiday greetings
And great happy meetings
When friends come to call
Over Thanksgiving I was lucky enough to have three
brunches with different friends from different stages of my life.
It was a treat to share a bit of holiday time with each of them and
it reminded me of the uniqueness of each relationship. Female
friendships are fascinating. They are complicated, intense and
The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain, and
Power of Female Friendship explores the complex
topic of female friendship and its impact.
I am honored to be a part of this anthology that
features 50 writers, including Chicago Parent blogger Kate Hall,
sharing their experiences. The book was released this week and one
of the best comments I've heard about it was a friend who emailed
me to say that as she was reading, "so many times I found myself
nodding my head in agreement."
And isn't that the essence of female friendship?
Someone who says or does something to make you nod, who makes you
feel understood, who gets it and you.
Moms in particularly understand the importance and
value of friendships with other moms. A fellow mom friend who is
experiencing the same trials and tribulations can be invaluable, be
it with support getting through the early sleepless nights,
camaraderie sitting on the bleachers at seemingly-endless practices
or just maintaining sanity.
The book explores how friends have navigated the
transition to motherhood and much else - stories of friendship
loss, enduring bonds from childhood, toxic friendships and
renegotiating the role of friendship as adults. Friendship is a lot
of things; sometimes it's easy, but not always. It has its highs
and lows. I love the honesty of these women who are not afraid to
talk about the good times and the hard times, too.
You can get The Herstories Project book on
Amazon in paperback or on Kindle. It would
be a great holiday gift for a friend, a hostess, a sister or
whoever has made you nod your agreement lately.
Hope your holiday season includes lots of fun with
Although she’d like to be taller and have more time to dive into good books, Shannan is awfully happy with her life in the western suburbs, where she moved after a decade of living on the north side of the city. She blogs about parenting a tween at Tween Us on ChicagoNow and at Families in the Loop.
See more of Shannan 's stories here.
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