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My goddaughter is having a baby.
By the time this article is
published, she will be a mother.
Several weeks ago, my son and I
attended the Baby Shower. He doesn't
have much time for ceremonies or rituals,
even if they are about him. Factor in autism,
and he prefers birthdays, Christmas, and
anything else to be small, and all to do with
him.I wasn't sure how he'd go. Would he jack
up within minutes and want to leave? Would
I have to placate him with DVDs in another
room, or ask if he could surf the Internet for
No. He was thrilled to see all these
women gathered together, and absolutely
entranced by a toddler boy who took a
fancy to him and spoke detailed babble.
David seemed to understand completely
and grinned in amusement. My son has
no language, apart from his own babble
and intonation, so maybe he and the little
boy had the best conversation of anyone
there. Who'd know?
Michelle, the glowing mother-to-be,
greeted us at the door. David obediently
handed her the gift we'd bought. No
nappies or bibs from us. We'd chosen a
salt crystal lamp as a night light, and a CD
of mother-baby new age music. Trust us to
be the odd ones out.
David goggled at her tummy. Large.
I, and every other woman who arrived,
exclaimed at her size, and then wondered
if she herself had been that big and
smooth and round when carrying.
Ritual one -- admire the mother, enjoy
her fecundity, make gentle fun of her size,
but only very gentle, because she's a first
time mum and sensitive. "Don't you look
beautiful?" is much better than "My lord,
how many do you have in there?"
Later, Michelle would wail to her
mother about her size and have to be
placated with, "Everyone's used to seeing
you so tiny, sweetie".
David and I enter the lounge room,
where a group of women are already
gathered. David, apart from the little boy,
is the only rooster in the hen house. He
likes it. He sits quietly and patiently while
I chat to women I don't know. Hardly
any of us know each other. We come from
the various walks of life that Michelle and
her mother have paced. Most of us have in
common the experience of birth, and all of
us know what it is to be women. We have
present the Maiden, in the form of some
daughters and granddaughters, young
Helen Patrice celebrates the wisdom of womanhood.
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