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Baby Showers..Mother Showers June 15, 2010

Filed under: Ritual,Social Structure,Spiritual — lily @ 11:49 am

I went to a baby shower this week with Clara and our Mama, held for the impending birth of our cousin Jenna’s first child next month.  It was lovely to go, and Clara voiced that her favorite moment was when someone in the circle of women present commented to Jenna, “Yesterday you had nothing, and now you have everything you need” and the relief that shone through Jenna’s face was beautiful and satisfying.  There are not many rituals left in our culture where a group comes together to launch someone into a new phase of life like this. Babies really do require lots of Stuff that is unique to their care, and it is wonderful to have everyone gift what they can and then the new mom is suddenly materially prepared.

But can this ritual be more than the stuff? Yes, definitely.  In the car on the way home we discussed the types of interactions that were expected and elicited at the shower and the kind of social space that was made. Of the four hours of the shower fully three were opening presents rather quietly and passing them around the circle.  Most of the items were brand new and some were kind of silly (Mom especially balked at the three foot foam pad for resting the baby on while nursing. It straps around the  mom’s back and looks like a platter. Wouldn’t a pillow do fine to rest the baby on?).  We played some cute baby games, well organized by the grandmothers-to-be, but very little social time or story-telling time was on the “schedule.”  I am not interested in parsing apart Jenna’s shower, it was lovely to see her, I’m glad that it happened and the shaping of that experience is firmly in the hands of mom and grandmas. But I am in using the experience to think about what I would want a ritual around birth and motherhood to look like at our community if I were to be the one baking a bun in the oven.

So I switched into positive and personal terms, what would I like to have happen? And I decided that what I want to make is a Mother shower pre-birth, and then a Baby-shower something like three weeks after baby is born. At the Mother shower I would want a celebration of being a mother. I want the circle of women to go around and talk. Are you a mother, lets make a space for telling birthing stories and stories about being a mother. This can also be the food part, eating and storytelling. Perhaps there should also be some back and foot massage going on here. Get in touch with each other and make it comfortable to tell stories.  In this moment everything changes in a woman’s life! Discuss. I would also want some talk about me, the mother, what I was like as a child, tease me about my birth, my youth, tell stories of my growth. Maybe baby pictures or videos of me growing up. This is a way to remember, babies really do grow into parents! I would definitely want the material aspect too, prepare me to take care of this child please! Bring gifts of things you used with your babies, many already loved items and some choice, multifunctional new things.  And tell everyone about them, what they mean to you, or what worked and didn’t work in your experience of raising an infant. Have fun and get to know the community of women. Yes, I like it being a circle of women.

At the Baby shower however, everyone woman man child is invited! See the baby, make art around the baby and for the baby. take footprints and handprints of baby, make a guest book and have everyone write things to baby.  Baby can read it, see it, when ze grows up.  Introduce baby to the community. Eat, drink, party! Maybe songs? Yes. Sing together.

It is so exciting to plan out awesome celebrations like this. Yes of course I want to celebrate moments like this that launch us into new phases. And we’ll have to make them up, because they are really lacking in our traditions! We GET to make them up! I’m sure there are lots of other moments that will need celebrating like this.

 

Social habits March 1, 2010

Filed under: Question: Needs Input,Social Structure,Spiritual,Vision — indorfpf @ 11:08 pm

An idea that hit me this past weekend is that the purpose of Project: First Trimester is less about making a commune and more about creating a place for our commune to go. What I mean by this is that the seeds for an intentional community are already here. There is no reason to wait for the place we hope to inhabit in the future to manifest itself. We can start instituting those policies we want our commune to have today.

I bring this up so that ideas can be shared about those primarily group social habits that we might want to start practicing. Granted, from a personal standpoint, it is hard for me to come up with concrete examples. Obvious habits that stem from living together are already in place – cleaning up after oneself, chore schedules, open communication, etc. Other non-basic habits that I approve and promote are in their infantile stages: weekly sharing of meals, house book club, musical instrumentation, gardening, dinner massives.

So what social events or policies exist in your ideal intentional community? Is it possible to instill these now? Please share!

-Phil

 

Let’s throw down our thoughts, Lovelies! February 28, 2010

Manifest Love Beauty Think Together Dream New Reality Share Evolve Live Really Ridiculously Well Together Vision.   Yes.

so, lovelies, let’s use this to throw down our daily thoughts about community, and build a dialog over time. This blog should serve as a group journal of sorts. Put down your thoughts, inspiration, ideas, and over time we’ll  shape this thing we call life.  🙂

So, let’s each become admins to this blog and then everyone can post thoughts and tag them by category, so the posts can then be sorted anytime by subject! These can be well articulated, or just quickly jotted down. More is better! Include links, pics etc.  We can comment on posts to have a conversation and also have conversations by making new posts that link to previous ones.  (This post is tagged with all the categories so far, just so they show up)

Let’s also build some pages to put down central ideas as they emerge. These can also be edited by all over time.

I love you all, and am so excited to start talking with you this way.

loooooooove  lily