L I T T LE PA R E N T ON T H E PR A I R I E
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If there is one thing being a parent has taught me so far, (in my measly almost six years of experience) it is this: Just as we cannot create a human on our own, we cannot raise, let alone prosper, a human on our own. No parent, single or married, can wholly shoulder the tremendous honor and responsibility of helping shape a life. No way. We need some major reinforcements. We need sage advice from those that have been there, raised that. We need friends and family to help love our child. Sometimes we need teams of medical professionals to care for our child. Other times we just need someone to bring us a (or several) glazed donut(s) and watch us, without judgment, as we eat our feelings.
48 // FEBRUARY 2017
But the moral of this story, parents and future parents? As trite as it sounds, we can’t do it alone. I’ve been thinking about this truth lately, and I was reminded of a time a few years ago when I saw in action the validity of this “it takes a village” mindset. My husband and I were relatively new to the Sioux Falls scene, and we randomly saw an advertisement for the Sioux Empire Home Show. Trapped by the frigid temps and with nothing really else to do, we packed up our young daughter and off we went to look at things that we couldn’t buy nor knew anything about. But, regardless, we were out of the house in February: VICTORY.