Be the Village

Some Mommy Milestones have the ability to swallow us whole, without regard to our maternal status. They can reach beyond those of us carrying primary responsibility for raising a child and can remind all of us that it takes a village.

It’s the moment you are watching the evening news and there begins a story of a child hurt, lost or worse, and suddenly you are overcome by an emotional, and often physical, force of reaction that leaves you feeling sick, tears in your eyes, reaching for the phone to call you own mother.

Once you’ve loved a child, you open a space in your heart that has room for every child on earth. It comes with a fiercely protective impulse to keep the world’s innocent little people safe from harm.

Big Smiles

Unending gratitude to my son's village!

A four-year old I know has it all figured out. He was playing in the park one day when he went to the aid of another little person who had given into a fit of tears. He gestured back to his mother and told the little girl, “There’s a mommy over there if you need one.”

Since going back to work after my son was born, I wonder… is there always a mommy around when he needs one?


Working moms (and all moms for that matter) make a lot of decisions that are no fun.

  • Who does my baby spend his days with while I push papers?
  • Who comforts him while I’m in meetings?
  • What happens in his life when I’m brave enough to take some ‘me’ time?
  • The answer is simple. We always make sure there’s a ‘mommy’ around. Mommy doesn’t have to mean an adult woman. Mommy is any human who has the pure ideology that all children need to be kept safe.

    We all need to remember that we are mommies when a child needs one. We’ll keep the neighbor kids out of the water-filled ditches. My band-aids are your band-aids. We can’t bear the children’s cancer center radio-thon but yet won’t change the station. We’re riveted by scenes of starving children on television but they leave a pit in our stomachs for days. We classify foster parents as angels without even meeting them.

    We’re often so worked up about what other adults would think that we forget to forge the bonds with the little people: the bonds they will balance on when their mommy isn’t around.

    It takes a village. Be the village.


    About Yo Adrienne Olson

    Yo Adrienne Olson is a Fargo girl, a blessed mom, a lucky wife, an innovative communications professional and a closet entrepreneur.
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    2 Responses to Be the Village

    1. Hi Adrienne,

      Thanks for commenting on my Enough Time Moms article about the village of moms and sharing this post. I love your take on it, especially since I’ve been seeing a lot of people writing, facebooking and tweeting about bowing out of playdate due to ‘mommy wars’.

      It needs to be said, and often, that WE are all mommies and should watch out for another mom’s kids.

      With kindness,

      • It’s such a fine line we walk between teaching our kids that it’s a good world and teaching them to stay away from strangers. The more people we reach out to, the fewer strangers there are in our lives. Thanks for all your great articles – mommy insight is unmatched!


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