My husband and I are expecting a little girl in a few weeks (hurray!!), so it is baby shower time in my life. Is there any better example of the power of community than a baby shower? Here are three big ideas I’ve taken away from my recent baby shower experience.
- Your community is there, you only need to invite them. People have come out of the woodwork to support our new baby (and the big-brother-to-be)! A baby shower is a wonderful time to say “I could use some help” — but it’s certainly not the only time you can ask for support. When a friend reaches out to ask me for help, I am delighted. We should all remember to ask more often!
- It takes a village to raise a child. My community has truly rallied around my family, and it has been such a great reminder that we’re not doing this alone. Friends have brought gifts for my little boy to make sure he knows he’s a special part of this process. They have given my husband and me countless pieces of advice, product recommendations, and even clothes that their own kiddos have outgrown. I am part of a tribe.
- The vibe of Fort Collins fosters community. A friend of mine hosted a baby shower for me at nearby Snowbank Brewing. Something tells me that’s not normal operating procedure all around the country, but in Colorado it’s completely natural to hold *any* kind of shindig at a brewery. Friends (men and women) came to raise a glass (water for me, thanks) in a cozy, relaxed atmosphere. Taking events out of the home and into a local business gives me a sense of being part of a wider community. (Plus, um, I get to meet new dogs at Snowbank.)
What does your community look like? Is it time to reach out and reconnect? If you’re looking for support, don’t forget to ask!