I’ve never been all that enamored of the “it takes a village to raise a child” broohah. In my experience with daycare and in the schools and with all the various social programs available in our state, it takes something more fundamental to raise a child–it takes a family. One who hasn’t bought into the idea that it’s really the village’s fault if their children don’t turn out terribly well.
Having said that, however, villages are made up of families and I’d like to thank all the villagers who help me raise mine. Today, particularly, I’m thanking Jane Payne, and her husband Calvin.
My sons have been at scout camp all week along with something like 2500 other boys, and the Paynes kept them fed. I knew Jane was an incredibly dedicated teacher; two of my children have been in her classroom, and I’m sending a third her way this year. I didn’t know she was also a chef extraordinaire. (Although I’ve heard rumors about her brownies in the past.) You can get a small inkling of what their job was like this past week, here.
(Oh, and did I mention they didn’t get paid??)