Before Elise Chapin and I ever met, our mothers were friends. Looking back on their era—the late 50s and 60s in Somerset County, New Jersey—their lives seems so distant from our own: debutante parties and dressmakers, fox hunting and fancy sandwiches, home economics and hired help. They were well educated, well traveled and well heeled. Above all, they were women friends who saw each other through changing times and intense personal growth. Recently, I met up with Elise to share reflections on the past and recent news. As the Coordinator of the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative in Italy, Elise has a unique perspective on life in Florence that generations of parents will be able to appreciate.