Thursday, May 13, 2010
I Also Like Granola
My sister recently traveled to Oregon with her husband while he interviewed for a few jobs. While attending church that Sunday she met some women whom she excitedly told me about, saying that one homebirths and homeschools and is all "natural" and she was just sure that she and I would be friends.
I've been thinking about it a lot lately, and about natural parenting in general, and I'm just not sure I'll ever fit in. it just seems that a lot of natural moms I've come across seem to have have a list of lifestyle choices they deem appropriate, and if you don't subscribe to each and every one of those, then you aren't invited into the club.
I'm not looking to label myself or anything, it's just that I'd like to be able to have friends who I can talk to about topics that interest me, like canning or raising chickens. And maybe, sometimes even do those things together!
The problem is when I come across other people that are as off the beaten track as Jeremy and I, that they are actually in a completely different country. As in: "Do you vaccinate your children? --Yes?-- Visa denied!" Or "Do you plan on homeschooling all your children K-12? --No?-- Passport not accepted, go back to your own country--you don't belong here."
Isn't there anyone who will meet me halfway? Isn't there anyone who wants to come sew reusable ziploc bags with me on the weekend, who won't judge me for using shampoo on my hair?
If so. . .you know where to find me.