Mod -Day 30
I’m happy and relieved to say the Easter egg hunt was a great success. My husband swooped in and he-manned a wheelbarrow full of yucky stuff away while three other moms came over before the kids arrived and we hid what seemed like four thousand items in about twenty minutes. It’s amazing to me how well women work together and multi-task – we quickly and calmly divided up jobs and began working while taking care of two little ones and exchanging intimate details of our lives. Even separated across a field didn’t stop the talking – it just became shouting, “WHAT DID YOU SAY? YOU GOT MARRIED WHERE?”
It made me think of our ancestors. No matter how technically advanced we’ve gotten, we’re all still essentially great gatherers. In fact, researchers think that the reason woman talk so much more than men comes down to the original hunters and gatherers. As the hunter, if the man talked, the food ran away – hunting was a skill that required men to be together quietly. Hence, the reason why when men get together now and watch a sporting event and barely grunt at each other.
As the gatherers, women had to talk to survive – talking kept the scary animals away, it helped the group keep tabs on all the children and talking was vital in sharing information on which berries should be picked and which berries would kill everyone or much worse, give everyone diarrhea. Hence, the reason why women now are constantly forming book clubs and support groups and “fun walks” for charity. Our DNA requires us to gather.
My blog has been my way of gathering this year. It’s been so healing to vent about my fashion woes and hear back that I am not alone, that we are all struggling on some level to feel good in our own skin and our own clothes every day. So even though I’m shouting across the Internet and not shouting across the woods, the feeling is the same – I’m being heard.