I’ve seen everything changing in my eyes. I left Zimbabwe in the 90s when people were still very close to one another. When I started living in Europe, the first thing that disgusted me was the individualism way of living and thinking. I remember that we grew up carrying one another. Siblings carrying their siblings, the neighbors carrying their neighbor children when necessary.
In that period of time people were struggling to become Western people they were getting westernized education everybody hoped to go to overseas someday as an achievement. This has blinded a lot from seeing what they already had as worth. Better jobs were found in the Western countries. If you were living in high- density suburbs you would want to be able to live in a low-density suburb where people lived the so-called Modern Life as a form of achievement.
The modern life consists of mostly westernized lifestyle. Knowing about when the Pram was introduced by Queen Elizabeth everybody saw this is a status, specially when you believe you don’t want to be called a poor African. Now the other way around proves that carrying of your children as a form of bonding increases sensuality, being sensitive, being more caring and emotionally stable.
This has everything to do with caring of your children.
Why I can say this is because I’m seeing more Africans fighting one another more the day of today than before, yet people were more closer to one another, more loving and understanding, but isn’t it what we have lost out of our hands the day of today? to be continued in my book African ethnic carrying culture.
A few reasons why I managed to carry my baby without doubting or following the norm.
- I grew up in Zimbabwe in the village where babywearing is still the main means of transporting a family from A to B, the main means worthwhile using when parents are at work in the fields, fetching firewood, or water. Of course dancing and all form of practical things.
- I also grew up in the city of Harare where I then discovered the difference between a village and a town. As time moves on, I could tell the difference between the town people and the village people. the village people never needed to talk to feel what another person is going through. Which explains that they are close to nature.
- My mother carried and breastfed me and my siblings, and that reveals how we get along and feel for one another in time of happiness or trouble, especially those intense moments.
- I didn’t want to keep checking the temperature of my baby.
Teaching an African drumming class whilst wearing my baby, this way I do not need to spend money to pay a babysitter. At the same time I am involving my children and teaching them rhythm.
African Ethnic Carrying Culture