When I tell someone my birthday is January 1st, I get one of two responses.
A. “How exciting! You’re a New Year’s baby! Did you get money or gifts?”
B. “How sad for your parents! They just missed the tax break!”
The answer to A is, “No. I was the 23rd baby born in Provo, UT.” and my response to B is, “Yes, it was sad. They were so disappointed.” (With their firstborn child? Nope.)
I also get comments about how difficult it must be having a birthday near Christmas. It’s not actually that bad. My parents were dilligent about making sure I still got my party every other year and presents as much as the other kids. In fact, I really love my birthday. The whole neighborhood, state, country, world is celebrating my birthday! And just because it marks a new start, a new year. That’s what birthdays are all about. Marking one year as passed and the next year as starting fresh.
In honor of a fresh start and the birth of a new year, we Exponent Perma-bloggers and guests are beginning a series on Birth and Rebirth.
Our lovely Spunky has organized a schedule of posts surrounding different aspects of this beautiful concept, including childbirth, surrogacy, birth of the blog, and baptism as rebirth.
When I asked Spunky about how the idea to start a Birth series began, she reminded me that our death series from a few years ago, required a balance.
So as you enjoy this series, remember that childbirth does not happen for every woman. But stories about birth are important for us to hear and share. Think, too, about major events in your life that felt like a rebirth. These events may be a marriage, divorce, career change, illness, or other events that helped you see life through new eyes. Enjoy the start of the new year and join with us as we consider the beginning of the cycle of life.
When I wondered what I could contribute to this series, Spunky asked me to write a bit about the birth of LDS WAVE.
Birth of LDS WAVE
Last week I did a podcast with fMh Lisa where she asked me about the birth of WAVE. For me, creating WAVE was a natural progression of Mormon Feminists conversations about troubling LDS church policies and doctrine. In March of 2010, I wrote a blog post here called, “Mormon Feminist Activism” where I asked questions about our duty as Mormon Feminists to move beyond sharing our stories and begin to work toward change.