Recently, there were some tornado touchdowns near us (within a few hours). Plenty of places put out requests for help for the persons involved. A facebook friend (and somewhat distant cousin of Matt’s) posted that her employer was reaching out, and provided a list of supplies. I skimmed through the top portion, which suggested things like coats and adult clothing, towels, children’s and infants clothing, all of which listed out specifics: shirts, jeans, gloves, socks, underwear, etc. No diapers.
It continued listing soap and so on, even some things I would consider pretty much non-essential. I skimmed that and my eyes shot back to the top. How could you make a list of items for people in need and NOT list diapers? Isn’t that an essential part of a baby’s wardrobe? When I get out Brennan’s clothing, I get out: diaper, socks, shirt, pants (or dress and leggings). For a long time, I kept looking in her top drawer for underwear, I was so used to dressing Keeley by then. So why no diapers? I got set to email her and have her add to the list…but decided to look one more time.
… and there they were. Sandwiched between deodorant and eye drops, and WAY down on the list (below dental, drinks, food, and recreational items like board games and newspapers) was diapers. Seriously? I guess it truly is all in how you look at it. While I see diapers as an essential (and sometimes matching) part of my baby’s wardrobe… others see them as nothing more than a hygiene item, no more ‘necessary’ than eye drops, and less so than handheld games.
It’s interesting how people prioritize things. I would guess that the person who made the list does not have a child in diapers. Sometimes people overlook the things that don’t pertain to them.
Perhaps the person who made the list doesn’t have children? I know that before G was born that it wouldn’t have been at the top of a list that I made. It’s just not something you necessarily think about if you don’t use them each day.