From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

June 25

In 1966, Tupperware parties were all the rage with stay-at-home moms. These parties gave us a pleasant and acceptable way to go out for the evening and actually talk with people older than five. One day, my friend Kay, who lived two doors down from me, yelled over the back fence that she had some pastries left over and maybe we should gather up some neighbors and finish them off with coffee. This was an unusual idea in our neighborhood.

This time we decided to forego the kids’ naps for once and let them play while we talked. Something happened that afternoon that we all knew we wanted to continue.

We met every Friday afternoon for three more years— bringing the kids along to scatter toys and grind pretzels into the dining-room rug of whoever was hosting that week. We didn’t mind the mess. We were learning we weren’t alone in the world. Week by week, my sanity was saved and my marriage was strengthened because I found a safe place to vent my frustrations and learn new ways of coping.

Who knew Tupperware could preserve so many things!

Carol Bryant

Mothers getting together and talking
learn they aren’t alone in the world.

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