With a forecast for rain all week, I consider it fitting to talk about showers. Who doesn’t like a baby shower? It’s a good way to share in the excitement of a bundle of joy coming into this world. Those who have grown children are always amazed at the new-fangled gadgets that have come out since they were knee deep in diapers. This leads to the stories of the struggles that they went through before someone invented the backpack that held babies close to their mothers. One shower that I attended had a diaper raffle. Those who brought in a package of diapers got a ticket and a chance to win a prize. It was one of the few times in my life that I won a raffle.
But before the shower, there is the excitement of picking out the presents. Yes, diapers are a necessity, but that outfit with the pink frills is adorable. And who can’t resist the jammies with the footies? In some ways the shopping is more fun than the shower. But alas, babies tend to be spread out over the years and showers are scarce. You and your friends are finished having kids and your children are busily working on careers. What is a woman to do? Throw a shower! Yes, I said it. Throw a shower. The goods bought for the shower can be donated to hospitals or an organization which helps those who are expecting, but hit hard by the economy. So go out and have some fun. Play “Name that Baby Animal,” and help someone bring their child into a world full of love.