wmb crewNothing about my New York trip was what I thought it would have been. ‘Accompanying my significant other’ was the answer I gave to the lady at the visa section.

Neither she nor I had any idea what NY – “the city where dreams are made of” – had in store.  Okay, maybe I am being a bit dramatic, but the vacation I thought I was to going have, was about to have a new prefix: work.  It was to become a “work-cation.”

Before leaving for the Big Apple, I reached out to any available World Moms in the area on facebook, and almost instantly I had my first set of meetings with the WMB founder, Jennifer Burden.

The scene was a charming restaurant somewhere in Manhattan (can’t tell you specifically because I am so terrible with directions). Just as I had expected, Jennifer was amazing. She is maybe the warmest person I’ve met, and right off the bat she struck me as a soul I had known for years. Her passion for social change and the impact she years to make in that regard truly resonated with me. I left incredibly inspired by her.

I met some more awesome World Moms Blog moms: Elizabeth Atalay, Nicole Melancon and Nicole Morgan. I was in such good company. On that table that night, I literally felt that we WMB Moms could take over the world.  And before the night was over, I was booked to attend meetings with ONE.org and a panel on Millenial Factivism at the UN, an initiative to fight extreme poverty through well-tested policies and programs based on concrete evidence! By all accounts I considered myself a lucky lady.

Also from WMB facebook, I received an invite from Erin Threlfall, also a World Mom, to speak about being a child in Tanzania and to present my children’s book to the students at the United Nations International School, UNIS. I almost leaped out of joy and fear all in one.

I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to say. Had I known a month before that I would be doing this, I would have had brought along a presentation, pictures, and definitely my book! I kept going in circles, until I decided that the best way to approach speaking to children about being a child in Tanzania was to revisit that little child in me that I reach out to every so often. As for speaking about the book, well, I had spoken of it for the most part of the year, therefore that part was a walk in the park. Maybe by now it’s clear just how nervous I was!

And then, along came the day of the school visit. I started making my way to FDR Drive, or some such street (remember, I am terrible with directions), and unfortunately I got a cab driver who was new to the city and didn’t know where to go! 30 bucks later, I was at the entrance of the school, bolting towards reception and calling on my host, Erin.

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Erin is maybe one of the kindest people this earth has to offer. Her warmth melted my anxiety and nerves away, and before I knew it I was in front of the kids, with a glass of water in my hands, chatting away!

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It was great! I almost couldn’t believe how well it went, and I couldn’t have been happier.

I extend my warmest regards to Jen, Erin, Nicole, Elizabeth, Jeanine and all of my gracious new friends from my trip for being the superheroes to my “work-cation!” The world moms of the World Moms Blog rule the world! Plain and simple.

Have you ever made a mom friend connection over the internet?  How did it go?

Nancy Sumari is a WMB contributor from Tanzania.  She writes at http://mamazuri.com/.

Photo credits to the author.

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