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Whoever knew when I accepted a position as a call center worker for Sprint PCS back in 199*coughs into my hand* that I would not only be answering calls from irate customers but well over a decade later I’d be answering calls from co-workers turned friends turned sisters.

My children are blessed in that  over the years I’ve amassed a village of phenomenal and loving women that care for them just as much as I do. They call on birthdays, spoil in the most unbelievable ways and will flip the script and set the record straight when they step out of line in a heartbeat. They paint nails and dance to Michael Jackson and are just all around awesome.

One of the village aunties lives downtown in a happening part of town and my children love to visit her. They ask for her almost weekly and this weekend we traded in a quiet Saturday night in the burbs for a fun evening in the city.

Their eyes light up at the skyline and the railcar and the murals….and Harold’s chicken

Edgewood Atlanta

Edgewood Atlanta

Edgewood Atlanta

Edgewood Atlanta

Once we made it back to her place after eating chicken and laughing and catching up the little one got some instruction on how to play mancala, while I begged for random pieces of jewelry and sunglasses like only sisters do.

Edgewood Atlanta

Edgewood Atlanta

Edgewood Atlanta

Edgewood Atlanta

So that’s the story of our Saturday with one of the village aunties or aunt or Antie…whatever they are called in your neck of the woods.

Do your babies have village aunties or are you the village auntie?

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22 Comments

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    Laura Wize
    March 14, 2016 at 12:18 am

    It truly does take a village and it becomes more apparent the older children get. Your children are truly lucky to have an Aunt that lives in such a happening area!!

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    Chanel | Cultural Xplorer
    March 14, 2016 at 12:26 am

    I really like this post and that Harold’s chicken is making me VERY hunrgy. I hope that when my closest friends become pregnant that I will become the village Auntie 😀
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    Kemkem
    March 14, 2016 at 7:29 am

    This is great, and reminds me so much of Nigeria. Yep! everybody is an aunt, sister, mother,daddy.. I wish it was like that everywhere.
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    Farrah
    March 14, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    I am the village auntie!!! I wouldn’t trade it for anything, the amazing part is being apart of their lives from birth until they leave for college and afterwards, celebrating everyday occurrences and milestones along with their parents brings me so much joy; that and the fact that me and my husband can spoil them and send them right back home!!

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    Carisa
    March 14, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Yes! The village of sister friends is so helpful and needed! Excellent read!

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    Donna Shana
    March 14, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Cute! The village is so necessary. Seems like you guys had a ton of fun! I need to see my littles, I miss them.

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    Tia
    March 14, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    This is what I miss about living near family…I would love to have my village closer to us for visits and help babysitting.
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    Styled By OmiOmy
    March 15, 2016 at 1:20 am

    Aww, village aunties, love it!

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    Styled By OmiOmy
    March 15, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Your kids will never forget these moments. Kudos, Mom!
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    Jamila
    March 15, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Since I have no little ones, I’m more of the village auntie.

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    Nicole @Nicole's Lifestyle Lounge
    March 15, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    My kids do have village aunty and visa versa. It is always awesome hanging with the young ladies because they’re all now 18 year olds,

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    Valerie Robinson
    March 15, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Lovely post! My village is great. So thankful for them and their hands in helping to nurture my kiddies.
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    Law_Fal
    March 15, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    I’m more of a village auntie in these streets, but definitely enjoy loving on the little ones w/o the obligation of taking them back home with me :0 lol
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    Mimi Green
    March 16, 2016 at 12:52 am

    I feel like I need to experience Harold’s the next time I’m in Atlanta. I love my Villiage Aunties, growing up they were such a huge help with my Mom.
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    T. Espinoza
    March 16, 2016 at 10:43 am

    SisterFriends are so necessary and even better when they love your little ones as much as they love you 🙂
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    Jay | RelaxedThairapy.com
    March 16, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    I don’t have kids so I’m definitely the village aunt. Little ones love me and my husband. I guess we’re viewed as the cool, hip ones in the circle.

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    Tasheena @ Our Delightful Home
    March 17, 2016 at 4:06 am

    I think I’m more of the village Auntie.
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    Joanae King (naetorious.com)
    March 17, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I am the Village Auntie,and My children have a village helping me raise them. And. … I gotta hit Harold’s! I didn’t even know about it!

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    MJ
    March 20, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Yes to Village Aunties! My babies are blessed to have an army of village aunties too. We don’t get to see them as often since most of them are up North but we still talk, video and of course text. I’ve started Z on sending cards. I’m glad my babies have new vision aunties right here in the A including Auntie Mimi. XOXO

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    Tiffany Tuma
    March 29, 2016 at 9:30 am

    I LOVE the term Village Aunties! Since my hubby and I don’t have family in ATL we rely heavily on Soror-Friends who are Victoria’s Aunties. They are the occasional babysitter and gift giver. I’m so glad I have this Sisterhood, because they have been a source of help and a wealth of knowledge.

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    Rae
    May 15, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Sometimes I wonder if I would have ever been able to make it this far without those Village Aunts. They are truly a blessing!

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