It’s the last Friday of the semester for Teresa Goc, a junior at Mount Aloysius College in Pennsylvania. After a long week filled with studying for and taking final exams, summer is quickly approaching.
They greeted in the park as if they were old friends: The two moms, Leah Carroll and Emily Geyer, embraced. Geyer’s three children — Crawford, Lawson and Eve — arrived swinging colorfully packaged gifts for Carroll’s 4-year-old son with special needs, Malachi. Even though that sunny playdate in early June was only their second encounter, it was clear the families had already made a lasting impression on one another.