Baby Shower

September 30, 2008

This is a week late but we had our “baby shower” this past Sunday, September 21, 2008.  Honestly, my husband and I are not baby shower types.  If you say “baby shower” to us, we both suddenly feel like we have white starched shirts on that itch around the collar.  We were not planning to have one due to my squeamishness of oohing and ahhing at gifts and J’s aversion to jinxing things (as he would say: stupidstition).

My dear, dear friend, Amanda E. decided to throw one for us anyway.  And I am surprised to say that it turned out to be one of the most special events of our lives.  When J and I nervously arrived at our venue we had no idea what to expect or what to do with ourselves.  No one was there and I thought it was a big mistake.  Who goes to a Chinese restaurant ALL the way in Flushing?

Amanda and Jonthan showed up with their beaming faces and bags of goodies.  They put beautiful roses on the table as centerpieces.  They brought white onsies and fabric pens for everyone to write things and draw on them.  They donated a gift on behalf of the baby for the International Day Of Peace.  They brought an album where people could write pieces advice for us.  They even suggested for people to bring their favorite childhood book as a gift (this was an excellent excellent idea as we now have the best library of books…and no blinking, blaring, noisy toys that collect dust)

As our friends trickled into the restaurant nervousness subsided and it was replaced by genuinely loving afternoon.  People loved the onsies and it seemed like everyone genuinely was having a fun time, connecting and chatting comfortably.  My mother commented that she had no idea how nice the event would be and regretted not bringing my other family members.  She felt it wasn’t a typical babyshower and felt very happy about it.

J and I felt so blessed for Amanda and Jonathan for putting this event together.  We feel so grateful to have friends like them.  It’s no wonder that everytime we see Amanda and Jonathan they have a ton of family members and friends surrounding them.  We don’t get to see our loved ones as often as we’d like to, and it was truly lifesaver for us.

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