Our church women's group played a game at our birthday party last week: each woman stood up and said something she had done that she figured not any (or many) other of the women had done. Everyone who had done it stood up and each of them got a bean. At the end of the game, the person with the most beans (the one who had done the most things) got a prize.
I thought about what I had done that few or no other people in the group would have done. I considered the group, and then when it was my turn I said:
"I gave birth to a baby at home, on purpose"
Amid whispers of "ohmygosh I can't imagine..." two other women stood up, and you know, I immediately felt this connection to them! Something that makes us unique among all the sisters in the group.
Of course, here among my blog readers there would be lots of beans passed around for something like homebirthing. In this group, I'd have to go with something else, like:
"I danced salsa on the banks of the Seine (in Paris) at dusk"
or I could say
"I got pulled into a traditional folk dance in a restaurant in Athens" --->
"I blew an alpenhorn [yes a full-size one] so that it echoed off the mountainside above Lake Lucerne in Switzerland"
"I lived for two years in a town with fewer than 100 people and no roads"
"I was part of an impromptu 'street choir' singing multi-part harmony Christmas Carols in a cafe, and someone liked us enough to buy us all hot cocoa"
"I was part of a performing formation ballroom dance team when I was in high school"
Have you done any of my things?
What have you done that you figure nobody else has done?
ok fine, you can see the Paris pictures too ☺
(they are photos of my photo album, thus the funny shapes...)