It's no secret that Christmastime and other end-of-year holidays can intensify existing feelings of loneliness. For some reason, the part we don't talk about is that those emotions hang around for the other 11 months of the year, too. Here's an example of both.
A few weeks before Christmas 2017,I received a voicemail from a Wisconsin woman hoping to find friends like her through The NotMom networks. She was specific in her hunt: NotMoms who were post-menopausal and living the NotGrandMom experience while surrounded by Moms and GrandMoms.
When I failed to quickly respond, she sent me a lengthy text, soon followed by another voicemail.
I called her back.
I learned that her name is Kristine. She explained that after living for many years in Milwaukee, she has relocated to a more rural area of the state where female friends, especially those without children or grandchildren, aren't very common. She has friends