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If you ask a mother what they would protect at all costs, 99% of them are going to say their children or their family. Don’t get me wrong, I am protective of those things, but my friends… I guard them with my life too.
The saying goes “It takes a village to raise a child”… well, that’s not really our living set up anymore. In general, people don’t rely on their “village” like they used to. I like to think that I still do. My children have “aunts” that aren’t really aunts. I’m not related to these women by blood, by marriage or by any other means that tie us together outside of our friendships. We’ve picked each other as our village. They have helped me raise my children in various ways, they’ve been there for me to argue with, cry with and to offer advice when I needed it – even sometimes when I didn’t want to hear it.
My friends are my village and I will protect them fiercely.
Just like they have been there for me with my children, with my life, I have tried to be there for theirs. I am also Auntie to their children and hope to be there to see them go off to college, get married, and do all of the things my own children do.
I am a cheerleader for my friends in their personal and professional lives. When things aren’t going the way they should for them, I will do anything I can to fix it. Sometimes that just means being a sounding board, sometimes it’s just giving advice and sometimes it’s standing up for them to other people. Anything they ask, if I can make it happen, I will. I protect them and support them because they are important to me.
For my kids, I protect them by doing things like carrying life insurance on myself. I always worry about having enough life insurance to protect them if something were to happen to me. I think “how much life insurance do I need?” is a common question for parents. I hope to have them set up with a college fund soon too.
In the way of protection, those aren’t things I can offer my friends, but if I could I certainly would. There are lots of other people I can’t normally offer protection either, but Protective Insurance is giving me a chance to change that. During the Alabama/Florida game on 9/20, Protective will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to the Nick’s Kids Charity when people simply tweet #Iamprotective or use the hashtag with a post on Instagram or Facebook. And if you feel inclined to do so, you can visit Protective’s website to learn more about the campaign and share what you’re protective of.