We had a wonderful going-away-party for my daughter tonight. A handful of us women had all seen our daughters off to the first day of kindergarten together. It had been a few years since we were all in the same room, all of us with our daughters. We found much to celebrate - mothers and daughters each and all moving into new phases of life, spreading our wings, moving on, discovering. It was an evening to reflect on the strength of women at every stage of life,t he endurance of friendship, the joys and challenges of parenting, the meaning of community, the mystery and excitement of growing up.