Walking around the shops by the school I am constantly stopping and saying hello to people and have a chat. I do it so much, that my husband says it takes an extra half an hour to do anything here, as I am always nattering, but I love it.

I remember my Mum saying to me that the friends you make at the school gate will be friends that you have for life. And it is so true. I have been a part of the preschool/school community for just over 4 years and the community spirit thrives. At the worst time three years ago, when my husband was extremely ill as well as my daughter, I had people I didn’t even know asking if I needed meals, kids looking after or food shopping dropped in. Without these wonderful women I wouldn’t have gotten through what I now consider to be the hardest part of my life. They are the friends that you know you can ring at midnight, ask for help and they would come no questions asked.

This type of community doesn’t exist everywhere and I feel so lucky to be a part of it. I think it is sad that it is not the norm anymore. I don’t know why that is, but I would hazard a guess that today’s frantic pace of life has something to do with it. People are so caught up in their own lives and so busy that they simply don’t have the time to stop and notice what is going on around them. Unfortunately, they are missing out as sometimes you can’t do things on your own. You need support around you, not just for the bad times, but also to share the good. These women keep me sane and quite simply I would be lost without them.

When I drive up the hill and come into the suburb before mine I already feel home. I physically relax and smile. Because there is nothing quite so special as loving your surroundings and feeling completely happy in them. But the best part is when you are part of a community that looks after each other. After all, it does take a village to raise a child.

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