village aunties


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

  1. 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!!

  2. 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!!

  3. 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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  4. 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

  5. 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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