George is the card-carrying Republican in our family. I fashion myself as more of a right-leaning Independent. Back in the day, before I met George, I was more liberal. However, after over a decade of elections, managing a family business, child rearing, and health issues….one of the left-leaning philosophies I remain faithful to is “It Takes a Village.”
Today, we celebrated my sweet Vincent’s 5th birthday party at our neighborhood pool. We had two uninterrupted hours of friends, family, swimming, food, cupcakes and a pinata to enjoy, plus take-home gifts of pirate treasure gift-boxes, eye patches, and swords.
I am so grateful for each and every person who came to celebrate with us. It wasn’t easy for everyone; one dear parent was recently diagnosed with cancer. Another travels to Korea for several months per year. Another is in the middle of a commercial fishing season. Still others just returned from vacation and others had spouses just leaving for business.
Each of these individuals is special and important, and they also make us feel special and important. They are our village. They come together, they show up, they respond, they come bearing smiles and good energy.
My Vincent has had a tough two weeks. He was recently diagnosed with childhood deafness and hearing loss. He has undergone testing, more testing, diagnosis, and x-rays. He has surgery, recovery, speech therapy, and a year of “catch up” ahead of him.
My little buddy fell asleep the other night next to me, holding my hand, tired from all of the appointments, confused, and asking questions.
“Why don’t people understand me?” “Do I talk funny?” “Why don’t I hear?”
I am so grateful to our friends and family—our village—who were able to spend Vincent’s 5th party birthday with us. All important, all special. We had a great morning together, and then G and I took the kids home to rest before returning to the pool for the late afternoon and evening.
So many friends and family are having a tough time. That these families responded and made it a priority—in spite of their circumstances—to come celebrate Vincent’s 5th birthday, means so unbelievably much. Thank you!
I love our village.