Sunday, April 29, 2012
The Villiage Idiot
"It takes a village to raise a child"
I have always hated that motto. It's so trite. Hackneyed. Leftist. And wrong.
It doesn't take a village. It takes loving parents to raise a child.
Loving parents who have really, really good friends.
Like my friend Herb who went to pick up #3 son at 6:30 one evening because Greg thought I was picking him up and I thought Greg was picking him up and neither one of us could be reached by cell phone.
A few months ago, Herb's wife Sarah picked up the same kid for the same reason.
Or my friend Laura who called me in Austin last week to ensure that #1 son had a ride to scouts. Because she knew that his dad was overwhelmed with being on his own, and felt that if he could manage to keep the kids alive while I was out of town, then he succeeded. Scouts was just a little TOO much on the plate.
Saturday, in addition to the usual routine, I had to return rental cars and close out books for the conference. Laura had a kid in the doctor's office. Both of our #1 sons had to be in the track meet. Both of our husbands had to work.
We solved the problem by having her husband drop off and my husband pick up.
Then there was the horrible night almost 5 years ago when I was pregnant with #3 and bleeding copiously in the middle of the night. Greg took #1 & #2 to our friends Terry & Mary's house to sleep over so we could go to the ER.
As you know, everything turned out OK. Our precious # 3 is a miracle and we thank God every day for him. We don't always pick him up from daycare on time, be we do thank God for him.
We also thank God for our friends. Our village. Thanks to them, we'll be able to raise these boys, despite the fact that Greg & I are truly the Village Idiots.