When I first started learning about breastfeeding, attachment parenting, circumcision, gentle discipline, etc. I enthusiastically purchased some bumper stickers espousing the messages I believe in, hoping to plant seeds of information at every stop light and traffic jam. Since then, I have received some angry looks, some honks of support or disgust, plenty of glares, some laughs, and a few thumbs-up. I have had some fear that my car would be vandalized for having such bold messages on its bumper, but thus far I’ve had nothing but a broken side mirror, which may or may not have been related. Other wise mama friends have had their stickers ripped off or other vandalization of their property, unfortunately. But still, we find it important to inspire the quest for more parenting information everywhere we go. Bumper stickers, t-shirts, bags, pins, etc. can all be powerful forms of activism, because people who wouldn’t necessarily seek out this information get a glimpse of it, and may go on to learn more just out of curiosity.
I was at a local play place for a few hours the other day, getting homework and blogging done while I watched my son play. When we finally left at dusk, I was pleasantly surprised to find this note stuck under my windshield wiper.
My heart was so glad to know there was another wise mama (or dad, or grandparent, or child-free person!) out there identifying with the strong messages displayed on my car; not getting mad at or disturbed by the information, but embracing it, and possibly already being informed about these issues! I only wish I could have met this like-minded person who is somewhere out there in my community.
What wise mama gear do you have– bumper stickers, shirts, bags, pins? Have you ever gotten a response to it, positive or negative? Share your stories!