This weekend wasn’t very relaxing. I spent far too much of it running from place to place, stressed. So when I got home Sunday night, I surfed over to Netflix to find something to help me chill. (Yes, I admit that I have an unhealthy relationship with Netflix. But that’s for another day…)
So, yeah, the kids were insanely cute, but I’d definitely call this movie a cure for insomnia if I ever saw it. No interviews, voiceovers, or captions – just shots of babies. I admit that I checked the time on multiple occasions.
But it was pretty awesome to see kids being raised in different cultures – like going diaperless in Namibia and playing with goats in Mongolia. Japan and the US actually weren’t that different, which was unsurprising to me.
Two things struck me: one was the downtime in Namibia. The majority of time shown onscreen the moms were just sitting there letting the babies nearby play with – or chew on – rocks while they chatted away. I realize that part of parenting is just keeping an eye on the kids to make sure they don’t get in too much trouble, but I can’t remember the last time I saw a mom not multi-tasking. These ladies were just content to sit and be. What a culture difference! I honestly don’t know if I could just sit and do nothing. I guess if I end up in the Peace Corps I may have to learn how to. Maybe I should learn how to right now…
The other thing was the family in Mongolia. The family lived in a small yurt with all kinds of beautifully patterned rugs, blankets, and wall coverings. Very stereotypical Mongolia, ya know? Mom was helping baby learn to stand when there was a sound in the background – unmistakeably a cell phone ring tone. Sure enough, mom left the frame a few seconds later to answer a call. They later they showed the family gathered around a laptop watching a movie. In a yurt! In Bayanchandmani, Mongolia (which I then had to look up and saw it was about 50 miles outside the capital city)! Technology everywhere! I could send these guys an e-mail! How cool is that?