About three-and-a-half years ago a group of women gathered to give me one of the biggest blessings I have ever received literally and figuratively. I was very pregnant with my oldest son and these caring, loving women gathered around me for a Blessing Way. A Blessing Way is like a baby shower without rolls of wrapping paper, bows, and gifts.
I write this because my dear cousin is going to give birth any day. As I anxiously await the event, I think back on this time in my own life before the birth of my first child and that blessing way is one of my fondest memories.
It was a green event before my days of eco-activism. Instead of more stuff, one of the women gave me a foot rub while another brushed my hair gently. They each shared with me pearls of wisdom from years of different experiences. They allowed me to write and read a letter to my precious cargo. Then they each gave me a token of significance. These were collected on a yarn and taken with me to both of my birth experiences as symbols of feminine strength and encouragement.
I know we have a couple pregnant readers and I know that this idea isn't for everyone. But maybe the idea of welcoming children into the world without mass consumerism is something we should consider. Don't get me wrong, I know we need stuff for our kids, but maybe we can reframe our thoughts on that stuff.
What about a Craigslist/Ebay/Freecycle baby shower? A handmade shower? What about an organic shower? What about a minimalist shower? Those of us "experienced" mothers must know oodles of stuff we got and didn't exactly need right? Mine was blankets. I am still donating blankets. What ways have you used to reduce new baby stuff overload? Do you have any great green baby experiences?