Inspired by the Elgin Salon, we’re holding our first BYOT on our one year anniversary. We’ve had some amazing salons and now we’re going to try and pack roughly seven topics into our regular time slot. We asked moms to offer up something that intrigued them. The format was up to them as long as it fit on one page. Questions, quotes, tweets, ads — it was their choice.
It’ll be kind of like the speed-dating version of a salon with short time frames for each topic, which will be picked at random from a hat.
We received a real mishmash of issues and topics. We’ll likely only scratch the surface with most of them, but the hope is that we walk away with our minds hungry for more knowledge and conversation on each and the convos ignite again at home or work.
Without further ado and in no particular order:
Cherie J: How do we define gender?
“Gender is between your ears, not legs.” — Chaz Bono
Christine K: A teacher’s quote
“If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens at school, I’ll promise not to believe everything he says happens at home.”
Kim D: How do we choose the best school in Ontario’s educational system?
Brooke M: The 2012 Phenomenon
Nostradamus and the Mayans have predicted that December 21, 2012 will be the end of the world. Do you think they’re right? Will a black hole appear and engulf the Earth? Will there be a nuclear war so devastating that it eliminates all species? You be the judge.
Jen M: An excerpt from My American Unhappiness by Dean Bakapolous
We have always loved stories, I think, it’s just that we, as a nation and perhaps as a human race, recently stopped loving stories about the other; we began to love stories only about ourselves. We love stories in which we are the protagonists in search of truth. I do not want to judge this. But my feeling is that we can cope with the increasing smallness, rapidness, and indifference of our changing, violent world only by seeing ourselves as noble characters caught in the struggle. We are all, as Turgenev so presciently said over a century ago, either Hamlets or Quixotes, and we must be these kinds of people if we are to endure.
We see ourselves in a struggle of epic, or at least interesting, magnitude, and so we go about documenting it ourselves, not waiting for some future historian, anthropologist, or novelist to find our tale and tell it for us. YouTube, MySpace, blogs—all of these things are ways for us to make ourselves protagonists on a very crowded, violent, and unjust stage.
Lisa G: Writing a love letter to myself.
The importance of loving yourself: It’s so easy as moms to forget ourselves while taking care of everyone else. Let’s remind ourselves how awesome we are by writing love letters to ourselves.
Mme B and Mme J