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Next they'll be crashing the red tent

I went to a baby shower this weekend and I have to say there were an alarming number of men there. And I'm not just talking about one or two dudes, say the father and the husband of the shower-ee, showing up at the very end to say thanks and help cram all the crap they got into the back of the SUV. No, there were several men there, right from the beginning and throughout the event, sitting at the white table-clothed cafe tables, admiring the flowers, eating the bite-sized quiches and crustless finger sandwiches, oohing and ahing over the parade of little pastel outfits and stuffed animals and blankets, passing around photo albums and hogging all the babies. And this was not one of those horrible Jack and Jill showers. It was just a regular old girls-only shower. But for some reason these men felt compelled to attend. Maybe they were afraid they would miss out on some prime gossip or some tips on breastfeeding or something.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't there a time when men would have rather died than attend a baby shower? Or, at the very least, wasn't there a time when they just would have been too lazy and disinterested?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

G,
You are so retro! There would be no BABIES without men, so why not have men at the shower (if they want to come)? My own shower was family friendly; I didn't want to exclude in-laws and nieces and nephews, and I didn't want a shower like ones I'd attended--so girly and cute I could barf. (And I loathe shower games.) The male element kept things a bit more practical, and a good time was had by all. Really! Some of the most useful presents--the poop-removing Dreft detergent, for instance--were given by a veteran dad (and my husband's best friend).
So there!
:) Reid

Gienna said...

And you are so modern, Reid! Of course your shower sounds perfect. But I still like to have some things be a little girly. You don't see us going to their bachelor parties do you?

As for the "there would be no babies without men" thing ... Didn't you read about that study that said medicine is on the verge of discovering a way for women to get pregnant without any help from men?

:P
G

karenology said...

I have to say, I'd probably rather go to a bachelor party than a baby shower. ;)

Anonymous said...

did you tell Reid that most of the men attending were really little, as in under 13 years old...
but the writer in you makes a good story!
D.