Last night, while chatting online with a dear old friend, we reminisced about the weekly play group we started shortly after our sons were born in the spring of 1982. It was just the three of us, who met at a Lamaze class.

Alternating homes, the hostess of the week served lunch, coffee and cake, and we chatted while the boys played. We continued this tradition for several years and then each of us had a second child. They both had sons and I had a daughter, so we got together a little less as the children got older and their interests changed.

But we kept in touch and still got together on weekends with the husbands, since they enjoyed each other’s company. We all lived fairly close by in Nassau County, and we are still in touch to this day.

My friend and I were saying how lucky we were to have had these great times and memories — and how sad it is that now most children are in day care or with a nanny or baby sitter during the day. Those mothers miss out on such a great experience and such wonderful memories.

Back then when our children were small, houses were more affordable in Nassau County and even though we all had careers, we didn’t have to work to afford to live in an area with a good school district.

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Some women do choose to continue to work, even if they can afford not to and I have total respect for that. But it’s so sad that many young, educated women are forced to leave their babies and toddlers in day care or with a nanny or baby sitter to afford to live in an area with a good school district.

Fran Seigel,

Jericho