It Takes a Village

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congratulations class of 2013

Two weeks ago, my Husband’s cousin took his first journey into adulthood and stepped foot on his University campus. With this young man going off into new adventures, I can’t help but think of how his village helped to raise and keep him on the right path. I think of how I’m a part of that village.

how a village has raised this young man

Mark, who we affectionately call “Uda” has been in my life for the past 13 years. I still remember the first time I met him. He was all cuteness, wearing underwear and staring at me with wonder and concern in his eyes. I was the girl that bewitched his big cousin. Eventually, he opened up to me and with every interaction, he’d eagerly tell me about the new dinosaur he learned about in school, or a science experiment he was dying to try. He was little and impressionable and moldable. He was raised to appreciate those that loved and supported him. He’s a graduate with honors. He’s a gentleman and award-winning athlete. He’s a direct result of what a community can create.

an open house in Ohio

an open house in Ohio

Over a month ago, his wonderful mother threw him an open house. Even I was amazed at the amount of people that showed up, not only to bid him farewell, but to take note of what they had been a part of in this young man’s life. We dined together, prayed together and shed a few tears. As a whole, we knew what believing in a child can accomplish. We’d all raised a son and supported two determined and caring parents.

A candy station at a high school graduation party/open house

an open house/graduation party in Ohio

As we send off our little ones to school during these recent weeks, we as parents can’t help but imagine what life will be like once our small ones are on their way to the next stage of their life. Will they take heed to what their elders teach them or will they need to learn life lessons on their own? Only time will tell. But one thing is for certain, it takes a village and that village needs to be a strong one.

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My name is Amiyrah and I'm an an African American fashion & lifestyle blogger based in Ohio.

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  1. 8.28.13
    Shell said:

    It sounds like you have an amazing community in your corner!

    My village is quite small- but strong.

  2. 8.28.13
    Kathyattraverse said:

    Is he attending LSU. He is wearing the colors? Congratulations to him and to you and your family!

    • 8.28.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Kathy, he’s not attending LSU but he is wearing the colors of his University :).

  3. 8.28.13

    Congrats! And what a wonderful thing to have such a supportive community! Best of wishes!

  4. 8.28.13

    Woohoo Congrats!!! Love the supportive community as well, such a great thing to have!!! Love the pictures :-D!!

  5. 8.28.13
    LisaLisa said:

    Congrats Mark, and what a true Blessing to have such a great community of support!

  6. 8.28.13
    Cheryl said:

    What a fabulous party! Congratulations on the fabulous accomplishments! You seem so proud. 🙂

  7. 8.28.13

    It really does take a village, and it is so nice to have a strong village around you.

  8. 8.28.13

    What a beautiful tribute to a supportive community! Congrats to Uda!