I stumbled across a book signing some years ago while out grazing on the newest titles at my local Books Inc. The book was about motherhood, and although I was a long way off from it at that point, I decided to sit down. I don't remember the title or the author's name, but something she talked about has stuck with me since. She was of East Indian descent and she spoke about how she was afraid of having children in the United States because of the lack of community here. In India, she would have had generations of women helping her raise her child. But here, she would be alone.
While facing motherhood, I thought about this a lot. My own mother lives far away, and although I knew I would have support from friends and family, I wondered if those multi-generational households really have the right idea. Is it unfair to expect women to do this on their own, when for centuries it has been a group effort?
Tonight I stumbled on this quote from one of my favorite mommy blogs, Dooce, "I really feel like the Internet has given us back the village we lost so that in those early days we can help each other through the madness of it." She is absolutely right. Blogging, Twitter, Facebook--it's taken us out of our single-family homes, out of isolation, and put us back into a village of knowledge, support and much needed humor.
On that note, I'd like to thank all of the mommies and daddies out there who blog with honesty and heart about this crazy adventure of parenthood. And that goes double for my fellow mommybetas. Nat, Jennifer and Alex: I'm glad to share a hut in the blogosphere village with you ladies!