Today I stumbled across an event in Austin, and at first glance, I thought it was a joke. Apparently, it is "International Babywearing Week." Next thing you know someone will start a "Stay Home with Your Dog, Drink Beer, and Poke Fun at Others Week." Hmmm.... With a little research I discovered that there is an organization sponsoring all this stuff.
|Image from http://www.bwiaustin.org/|
Ever wanted to know how to pull off that super swaddle? They've got your answer. Now the whole 'babywearing' fad isn't what's giving me pause. Anyone who's ever been handed one of those "50 ways to tie a scarf" pamphlets at American*Apparel knows the wonders and fascination of what can be done with a simple piece of cloth. And let's face it, people have been using children as accessories for ages, so why not start a club highlighting the myriad of ways to do so?
No, what freaked the bejeezus out of me is that in honor of International Babywearing Week, the local Austin chapter is planning a series of events which include a BABYWEARING FLASH MOB. Suddenly I feel very uncomfortable. Like I'm a little kid who's been touched inappropriately and is now being asked to point it out on a doll. Babywearing flash mob? Babywearing seems like something that would occur Austin. So do flash mobs. But these two things do not seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly.
No doubt someone will film this show, and all I can comment is, there's gotta be better uses for YouTube than that.
Suffice to say, this week the score is: Austin: 0, Houston: 1.