It’s no secret it takes a village to raise a child. A child can be raised without a village, but a village makes it so much easier. Your village keeps you sane, let’s you know you’re not alone, and offers help when you need it. Sometimes they even know you need help before you do. They’ll show up, call, or text when you need them the most. Like the universe called on them to reach out to you for whatever reason. Villages are the best.
My village is made up of family, friends, and everyone else that cared along the way. I have villagers that have been here since day one. I have villagers that have been here since my children where born. I have villagers that have been here off and on over the years. I have villagers that have only been here the last few years and some less than a year. They all love my kids as much as I do. They all show up when I need them. They all mean more to me than they’ll ever know.
Over the years my village has lost members and gained members. It has grown in size and shrunk in size. One thing that has always remained the same is the love. My villagers love my children as much as I do. That makes them extremely valuable people to have in our lives. They’ve shown up with soup when someone was sick, celebrated birthdays and holidays with us, picked up my children from school, babysat for date night or an emergency. There isn’t anything my village wouldn’t do for us. I’m extremely thankful for them and all they’ve ever done.
Having a village isn’t just about what they do for you and your children. They need to be nurtured and loved too. They need to know you love them and care for them too. Many of my villagers have families of their own. I love their families and their children. If they need me, I will be there. I show up to birthday parties, drop off soup when someone is sick, babysit when needed, call, text, and show up with coffee in hand if they need me. I’m the village for my village.
To my village – thank you. Seriously thank you for all you do. Without your help, phone calls, and advice I don’t know what I’d do. I know I’d survive motherhood without you, but it wouldn’t be the same. There’s a comfort knowing I have people to go to when I’m at my lowest and that others have been there too. Love your village, treat them right, and they’ll go above and beyond for you.