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Does it Take a Village
The Village is not the name of my home town but it sure reminds me of one. In times of troubles or in times of good it seems like it really does take a village. In the past few years I have found this to be very true. You see my village consists of 4 very small communities on the east coast of Maryland. If you are hurting, your in need, your hungry, you need a helping hand or you just need a friend then you need the Village!
Do you have a Village?
I often wonder how people live in big cities or don't know who their neighbors are. You see I need my village to thrive, its like part of my family.If my newly licensed child is breaking the speed limit, my village lets me know, if someone is sick or in the hospital, my village lets me know, if I need to learn things about myself that I didn't know, my village already has let others know! My hope for all of you is that you have a village in your lives!
Who's in your Village?
My Village really doesn't consist of nosy neighbors, it consists of people who have known me, my parents and my grandparents. It is a group of people that really do care about my well being and that of my family. I moved away from my small village about 5 years ago and this past year I moved back to it. It took just a few weeks for people to realize who my kids were again but it didn't stop them from welcoming them with open arms. I knew my village would still be the same upon my return because these people are my village!
Educating your village
It takes a village to raise a child and likewise it takes a village to educate one as well. The path to improvement rests on the shoulders of the entire village. We have to remember that the old saying rings true that it does indeed take a village to raise a child. I for one have been very educated by my village, they instilled good values in me, they helped me grow up learning about how tough sometimes life is and most of all they taught me the importance of God in my life! My education began in a small school of 100 kids where the whole community was involved. My high school was a little bigger with about 450 kids, we all knew each other and we actually liked each other! There were no gangs, no fights, no peer pressure and no racism! Times are so much different now for my children, they deal with hate, fighting, racism and peer pressure. I at least know that they will always be able to escape to our Village where they will feel loved and safe!
So, yes it does take a village
I do believe that everyone should have a village in their lives. I feel that me, my parents and my children have all benefited from being raised by the Village. If you don't have a village in your life you are very unfortunate. My advice to all of you would to go find your village and make yourself a part of it, I guarantee you that in the end you won't regret it. You may even learn a few things and hey it couldn't hurt!