What you ask is a Hippie Chick? Well, for about 15 women who I am honored to call sister Hippie Chicks, a Hippie Chick is someone who once belonged to a playgroup in Alpharetta , Georgia. We started meeting in our homes when we were all fairly new mothers. Many of us found ourselves stay at home moms, or at least part time stay at home moms for the first time. We started by getting together on Friday mornings for coffee for us and play time for our toddlers. Friday coffee/playgroups grew over time to playground time, pool time, friend time. The moms enjoyed our time together as much as the toddlers did. We went on an overnight trip and then we were permanently hooked/bonded. As time marched by, we got tired of calling ourselves “the playgroup”. I remember one trip that we rented a lake house for a girls’ trip, floating in Lake Rabun, brainstorming what we should be named. From that weekend forward, we have been The Hippie Chicks.
I love the email forward that most women have read talking about how important friends are to women. I have always had friends. However, The Hippie Chicks have taught me and led me into a new level of friendship. I treasure my friendship with them;but also have become a better friend to others because of them. In the beginning, we all needed time to get out of the house. Away from diapers, dishes, and laundry. Over the years, we have shared childrearing woes, marital woes, parental illness, illness of one of own, and now teen age rearing. Most of the Chicks still live locally; but a few have moved away to return most years for one or two “retreats” each year. When we gather, we just enjoy being together. It is medicinal. Lately, I have felt a tug to share a little bit about what and why and who we are. My musings will touch on all that is dear to me. I hope you enjoy my journey!