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A Mile High Mamas Welcome

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A couple of years ago, a friend invited me to join her playgroup at Bellview Park. It was a glorious sunny day, the kind you relish as you watch your 1-year-old test out her wobbly legs like a baby bird taking flight.

As the mothers talked freely, the children played. They splashed in the stream, giggled on the train, squealed at the animals in the petting zoo and rolled in the grass. It was one of those times when everything just seemed right.

Until I met Daniel. Actually, it was my sweet daughter Hadley who instigated the introduction. She had wobbled over to a corner of the park about 30 feet away from our perch and had innocently plopped down beside this little boy. He was tow-headed, bespectacled and I will never forget his bottomless smiles. I will also never forget his accompanying oxygen tank.

I struck up a conversation with his mother. Daniel was just a couple months older than Hadley but half her size and severely handicapped. But this child emanated a light like I have never seen as he guilelessly watched the children play around him.

In those brief moments that we spoke, I had such a strong connection with this woman as she longingly looked over at our circle of friends. A voice screamed inside of me, “INVITE THEM OVER! She is in desperate need of companionship!”

But I did not.

I had my reasons, albeit superficial ones. After all, I did not know this woman, she did not know me. And besides, it was not even my playgroup; I was already crashing it. How would it appear if I invited a complete stranger over?

That woman has probably long forgotten that day.

I have not.

It made me do some serious self-examination regarding how we as women can be so amazingly supportive, thoughtful and loving. And yet also occasionally be judgmental, catty and cliquish.

Mile High Mamas has been created to banish these divisions and to create an online community that cares. A place that focuses on commonality, respects differences and where we can just laugh and be ourselves. Oh, and also be numbered among those who understand the importance of having really great shoes.

Because isn’t that what being a Mile High Mama is all about….

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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  • comment avatar diana/sunshine September 11, 2007

    i am so happy to see that you gals are up and running… full speed ahead.

    i love what you have stated here regarding why mile high mamas was created and what your focus is. except for the shoes. i know i’m in the minority and i may not even be a normal woman, but i could care less about shoes (whoa! did i write that). please don’t hold it against me.

    anyways, good luck with the site. i’ll be visiting often cuz i like you gals and i live in colorado!

  • comment avatar No Cool Story September 11, 2007

    YAY!! This welcome post says it all.
    I feel welcome already 😀

  • comment avatar Catherine September 11, 2007

    Thank you, Amber, for inviting me to join this magnificent cast of mamas (and daddy)!

  • comment avatar Heather @ Desperately Seeking Sanity September 12, 2007

    Congrats on your launch! 🙂

  • comment avatar Angela Klocke September 12, 2007

    This is going to be so much fun. Thank you, Amber!

  • comment avatar Krispy September 12, 2007

    I hope you flogged yourself several times for that. The site looks great! I wanna have a baby and move to Denver now…

  • comment avatar Aimee September 12, 2007

    Yes, thanks Amber! I appreciate being part of the fun!

  • comment avatar greeblemonkey September 12, 2007

    That was me, Aimee, by the way!

  • comment avatar sue September 12, 2007

    Good luck to you all with the site… Gonna link ya, even tho’ technically I’m JUST a momma…;)

  • comment avatar shaz @ adventures in motherhood September 12, 2007


  • comment avatar Jenn September 12, 2007

    Hey, congratulations Amber. Love the look of the site and I am looking forward to reading more.

  • comment avatar Dedee September 12, 2007

    Very nice post and something I think about continually.

    I’m moving to Denver just to join this blog and meet you all!

  • comment avatar Lisa September 12, 2007

    Congrats! The site is great!

  • comment avatar Guinevere Meadow September 12, 2007

    So glad you’re up and running! I’ll be visiting here often. 🙂

  • comment avatar Paige September 12, 2007

    Wonderful! And congratulations!

  • comment avatar Gina September 12, 2007

    Congratulations! The site looks lovely and is sure to be a big hit!

  • comment avatar PJ September 12, 2007

    What a GREAT first post, Amber!

    Love what you gals have done with the place;)

  • comment avatar Tea and Bon Bons September 12, 2007

    Congrats on the new site! I will add it to my links list and take the time to read the rest of this. For now, I bounced over here from your other site to give you a photo contest idea. “Best Got-Into-Mommy’s-Makeup Photo.” You’d get a lot of good ones for that, and I’ll be the first to submit mine!

    You want to see a good marker face picture? I’ll have to post mine again. It was nightmarish. It’s just too bad I didn’t get a picture of the time my daughter literally covered both arms to the elbow in purple marker.

  • comment avatar yvonne September 13, 2007

    This is a beautiful post. Thank you for reminding us all that we have to stop comparing and be more accepting and supportive of one another. Looks like this will be a great place to visit.

  • comment avatar Tamie September 13, 2007

    Good job on getting this up and running. I think that it will be a lot of fun. We’ve all got tips and things that work for us as mom’s that perhaps might just work for others as well. It looks great…and even though I haven’t checked out the breast-feeding link yet, I’m sure that it is just fine too.

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson September 14, 2007

    Thanks for all the great comments! Let’s get this thing rolling!!

  • comment avatar Gretchen aka mopsy September 14, 2007

    I was beginning to wonder if I was the only blogger in Denver—watching others have fun local gatherings, etc.

    Congratulations, and thank for visiting Lifenut.

  • comment avatar Damselfly September 18, 2007

    Congratulations on the new site. I love the name even though I’m a flatlander at sea level — and with this post, it has a second meaning, I believe….