I don’t have children of my own. I am not a mother. I haven’t had contractions, been in labor or signed legal papers.
I do, however, spend a lot of my time choosing to volunteer with and mentor to the children in my community of Cleveland, Okla. Those children aren’t mine by birth, but I invest in them because I believe it is part of my repayment to society for what it has done for me. It’s what humans should do for each other, right?
It takes a village, and our village is a collective asset — the people, the places, the things, the triumphs and the problems.