It Takes An [Unknown] Village


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Would you go to a baby shower where you didn’t know the baby’s mom or dad?  Would you purchase a gift and play the silly baby shower games like “Guess the mommy’s tummy size in toilet paper squares” for a woman you’d never met?

About three weeks ago, I received an Evite to a baby shower, but the name of the mom being showered was completely unfamiliar to me.  Curious, I opened it – because it came from a friend – and read the following (I’ve paraphrased):

Hello – I know you’re wondering why you’re receiving this invitation.  I have a friend who’s just moved here from another state.  Her husband is in the military, and they have no family here, just a couple of friends.  She is too advanced in her pregnancy to fly home so her family and friends can throw her a shower there, and it’s too far for her to drive.  So I want to throw a shower for her, so she doesn’t have to miss out on this experience in her pregnancy.  I’d like her to see that there is a network of women here that will show that they care for her, even though they don’t know her.

Today, I witnessed a group of about 25 women, most of whom didn’t know either the mom or the other guests, wholeheartedly participating in a shower for a stranger like it was for an old elementary school friend.

Every now and then, we get it right.

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