This month our theme is transportation and our thought for the month is about SUPPORT. From my childhood, I remember the book, _The Little Engine That Could_ and the famous line "I think I can, I think I can" As a child I understood the story to be about doing something I thought I might not be able to do, but with positive thinking, I can accomplish it. Now when I read that story, I see it differently. I find the most compelling aspect is that the Little Blue Engine agrees to help. The clown and all the little toys were rebuffed and not given any help by other trains until the Little Blue Engine arrived.
As a mom, I've felt the same pangs of helplessness as those little toys did and then had another mom rescue me. What a tremendous sense of relief! I see this kind of support regularly in our community. A mom needs to move one of her children out of the double stroller due to sibling friction and someone is there to make room in their stroller or even swap a child out - because you know other children are friends; whereas, siblings, well, are siblings. A mom needs childcare at the last minute - there's a mom willing to help out. We do meals for moms who just had a baby or are ailing. It's amazing to have so many volunteers to bring food. I feel fortunate to be a part of this community of moms who support one another. Who would have thought a fitness class could be so much more?