Between a Self and a Village

Hello Friends,

I started this post back in January with, “Been thinking a lot about gratitude lately, and just how many things I am thankful for these days.” Today I’m coming off a good week with three posts uploaded, some new followers and many new comments. So I’m right there again, feeling grateful. High time I said something.

Each one of you, my readers, is included in these thoughts, and I try to tell you that each year. A blog without readers is a journal, and that’s personal and doesn’t contribute to the tribe’s knowledge base. Your presence on the blog moves us out of the personal and into the public space.

Thank you.

That’s thanks for clicking on a post, reading, commenting, liking us on Facebook, following, telling your friends, asking about the blog, and all the other things you do in support of Dad’s Diaper Detour – thank you.

When I was mulling over the blog-gratitude dynamic I was reminded of two phrases that get thrown around lot, dare I say, two “cliches”?

The first is the notion of “self-made”. Often brandished by successful business owners, I find this concept falls apart when you hear the back story about the starter-loan from a grandparent or the free room and board from family. I get the idea behind the phrase, but we don’t live in a vacuum, so there is always some part of our current situation that is “made” by another. Parenting, no matter how successful, always involves an “other”; a spouse, someone for advice, a helping hand, getting some work done, etc..

The second phrase is “it takes village”. This is pretty easy to dissect. Nobody knows everything about anything. Getting specific to at-home parenting, no parent, especially a new parent, knows what the detour has in store for them. I didn’t. I have relied on Wife, my parents, siblings, in-laws, friends, and fellow parents for guidance and an extra set of hands. I turn to the internet community for help. I look to parents who have published books. I definitely benefit from a village.

So I repeat: thank you. To all of you who have guided and followed, and made the space for me to do the same. You have been the “other” who has helped to make this blog, and the village that supports us. Of course, you should tell your friends and families about about Dad’s Diaper Detour and keep liking, commenting and following, either through WordPress or Facebook.

The summer is in full effect here in Chicago. We’ll be on the detour and I hope we see you out there.

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