It is taking me awhile to write down my thoughts on the 2009 Russian River "Sibling Summit". Part of the reason is that all the other mom's have expressed the tone of the gathering so well via our "Facebook" connections.
H. (NYC), E. (Seattle), L. (Oakland) Z. & M (Sebastapol), OUR BOY (MA via SF), and S. (SF)
This weekend was proposed some number of months ago by the East Bay moms to the group of us who have all virtually connected via the Donor Sibling Registry. Em & I had to push the dates into late Oct for us to even have a chance of making it & everyone was super great about making this happen. So Susan found a house at the Russian River that sleeps a ton & we all split renting it for 3 nights.
Em & I flew in from Boston, another family came from New York and a Third came from Seattle and the remaining 3 families (4 kids since there are twins) came from the Bay Area. I had met everyone but the East Bay Folks, but the NY & Seattle families hadn't met anyone BUT me before this.
So we all arrived with bags of toys & treats from our various locals - NY Bagels, Seattle Coffee (YEAH) and it pretty much felt comfortable & warm instantly. The kids were lovely with each other & with the other parents, and the Moms were just a crazed bunch of camera wielding mama's.
We ate, played, hiked, swam, soaked, danced & did it all again. I don't know if the kids felt any kind of "special" connection to one another - other than all being so close in age ... but I think that all of us moms, mommy's, ima's, baba's, etc did feel a nice familia type bonding amongst each other - which is funny since the bond is really just that we randomly went to the same sperm bank and were attracted to the same donor.
We are from different geographys, religions, age groups and backgrounds but we all just LOVE our kids & I think because of that have a deep attraction to each of these other kids who share some of the same glimmer ....