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Top 10 Awareness Days More Helpful Than 'Womb Reading Day'

Recently I received a PR pitch to review a book called Hello Little One, It’s Me Your Father by Elvin R. Freytes.  Apparently it’s a poem that expectant dads can read to their in utero babies. According to Freytes, this “womb reading” is the practice of MaJenDome, which is clearly made-up um, sweeping the nation?

Freytes was inspired to write the poem because in 2002 he “had a vision of a child turning to him and saying ‘Ma-Jen-Dome’ (pronounced Ma-Jen-Dum).”

Neat.

Freytes offers the following tip for a good womb reading experience:

1. Ask mother-to-be if she agrees to womb reading.

That is probably a really good first tip. While many mothers-to-be might think it’s a great, snuggly bonding experience, I’m pretty sure I would have been all, “How about you go get me another mango smoothie / bag of chips / roast chicken instead? That would be a better investment of our time, don’t you think?”

To support this batshmidt craziness growing movement, Freytes has created World MaJenDome Day, which takes place on the third Wednesday of every December. On World MaJenDome Day, individuals and organizations find ways to inspire expectant fathers across the globe to read to their unborn child.

Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m all about involved dads. My husband is super-involved.  When I was pregnant, he read all the pregnancy books. He came to straight-up hospital birthing classes and hippie classes that involved incense and crap. Except that one time he had to work late and all the other hippie parents looked at me with pity. And although he didn’t read to our babies in the womb (which is good; see above need for roast chicken), he has been reading bedtime stories to the kids every night, for the last eleven years.

So, okay, I get it. Involved dads = awesome.  But if there are going to be World Days to encourage men to be involved, I can think of plenty of other themes we could have that might be more helpful.


  • 1. World ‘Learn How to Change the Toilet Paper Roll’ Day 1 of 10
    1. World 'Learn How to Change the Toilet Paper Roll' Day
    Seriously? How hard is it to put a new roll on? This problem is clearly genetic, too--my kids can't seem to figure it out, either.
    (Original Image: Gorilla Sushi. Added nonsense by Joslyn Gray.)
  • 2. World ‘Find Things in the Fridge Yourself’ Day 2 of 10
    2. World 'Find Things in the Fridge Yourself' Day
    The world definitely needs more awareness about the tragic, widespread problem of Male Pattern Blindness.
    (Original Image: Ambro. Added nonsense by Joslyn Gray.)
  • 3. World ‘Calling for Take-Out Is Not the Same as Taking a Turn Cooking Dinner’ Day 3 of 10
    3. World 'Calling for Take-Out Is Not the Same as Taking a Turn Cooking Dinner' Day
    Dude, I love Chinese take-out, too. But you still didn't make dinner.
    (Original Image: Suat Eman. Added nonsense by Joslyn Gray.)
  • 4. World ‘When Mom Goes Out, Dad Is Parenting, Not Babysitting’ Day 4 of 10
    4. World 'When Mom Goes Out, Dad Is Parenting, Not Babysitting' Day
    If one more person asks my husband if he's "babysitting" the kids, I'm going to punch someone in the throat.
    (Original Image: David Castillo Dominici. Added nonsense by Joslyn Gray.)
  • 5. World ‘Please Understand I Don’t Care About Your Fantasy Sports League’ Day 5 of 10
    5. World 'Please Understand I Don't Care About Your Fantasy Sports League' Day
    Honey, I'm delighted for you that your fantasy football/hockey/baseball/curling team is doing so well. But I don't need text updates every 30 minutes.
    (Original Image: Ambro. Added nonsense by Joslyn Gray.)
  • 6. World ‘Why Do You Always Get to Be the Fun Parent Who Takes Them to McDonald’s?’ Day 6 of 10
    6. World 'Why Do You Always Get to Be the Fun Parent Who Takes Them to McDonald's?' Day
    Please tell me ours is not the only house where Daddy = awesome funtime and Mommy = total buzzkill.
    (Original Image: Grant Cochrane. Added nonsense by Joslyn Gray.)
  • 7. World ‘Forcing Your Children to Listen to Your Old Rush Albums Does Not Constitute Complete Music Education’ Day 7 of 10
    7. World 'Forcing Your Children to Listen to Your Old Rush Albums Does Not Constitute Complete Music Education' Day
    Fine, I'll confess: I've brainwashed the kids into liking my fave tunes, too. And you bet I love that my 10-year-old's favorite bands are The Talking Heads and XTC. But really, that's enough with the Rush albums.
    (Original Image: dan. Added nonsense by Joslyn Gray.)
  • 8. World ‘For the Love of God Can You Break Yourself Away from ESPN and Change That Diaper’ Day 8 of 10
    8. World 'For the Love of God Can You Break Yourself Away from ESPN and Change That Diaper' Day
    Gahhhh are you hard of smelling or something?
    (Original Image: Ambro. Added nonsense by Joslyn Gray.)
  • 9. World ‘Do You Even See That Laundry Basket at the Bottom of the Stairs?’ Day 9 of 10
    9. World 'Do You Even See That Laundry Basket at the Bottom of the Stairs?' Day
    Even if I put the laundry basket right in front of the stairs, you step over it, like I'm just making an obstacle course or something.
    (Original Image: Beige Photos. Added nonsense by Joslyn Gray.)
  • 10. World ‘Farts Are Not That Funny’ Day 10 of 10
    10. World 'Farts Are Not That Funny' Day
    Okay, they're kind of funny. Just play that game outside.
    (Original Image: David Castillo Dominici. Added nonsense by Joslyn Gray.)

Take home message: PR people should really read my stuff before sending me pitches.

 

Read more from Joslyn at her blog stark. raving. mad. mommy.  Follow her on Facebook and Twitter for even more funny.

 

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