I sometimes refer to myself as a ‘hippie mama’. It’s a sort of short-hand way to tell you something about who I am. For example, I breastfeed and wear my babies and use cloth diapers. I also eat local and shop at thrift stores and am never without my re-usable shopping bags. I am pretty much the poster child for middle class, liberal, suburban hippies.
We know that I am a hippie mama. We also know that there are many ways that I am not a hippie mama. But what about you? Here are some signs that you might be a hippie mama (or maybe just a plain old hippie) too:
Jacob rides in a German woven wrap on my back as I clean
1. You use a lot of disclaimers when you talk. Like, “I know that I am coming from a place of privilege when I say this, but …” or, “I know I shouldn’t buy yogurt in single-serving tubs, but …” If you feel the need to state your sins and biases up front, you might be a hippie.
2. You have 3 copies of the Nova Natural catalogue, (or some other Waldorf-inspired toy company catalogue) floating around your house, and you’re trying to talk your kid into asking Santa for a pentatonic kinderlyre for Christmas. If you value open-ended toys made of natural materials above all else, you might be a hippie.
Our wooden play kitchen
3. You would actually never try to talk your child into asking Santa for anything, because Santa is a lie fabricated to manipulate children into good behaviour and encourage consumerism. And you don’t want to lie to your kids or encourage consumerism. While I decided to ‘do’ Santa, I’m pretty sure the fact that it was ever a question for me is a sign of hippie-ness.
4. You subscribe to Mothering magazine. Or Living Crafts magazine. And when you say to your mama friends, “I made this amazing raw chocolate banana pudding,” they all say, “Oh, you mean the one in Mothering?” This is a sign not only that you might be a hippie, but that all of your friends are probably hippies, too.
Scooping local hazelnuts into a reusable bag at the farmer’s market
5. You met all of your fellow hippie friends at La Leche League. Or Attachment Parenting International. Or a babywearing group. Or through your local organic buying club. At your playdates, you serve vegetarian, dairy-free food and homemade granola. In glass, because plastic dishes leach suspected carcinogens. Yes, my friends, you might be hippies.
6. You don’t use traditional beauty products. For example, I wash my face with honey. And I wash my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar (organic, from a glass bottle, of course). Other people make their own deoderant or buy only very specific product lines. If your bathroom looks more like a grocery store than a drug store, you might be a hippie.
I helped my 5-year-old make this handmade, embroidered cushion for her aunt
7. You have given up cable TV. Or given up your TV altogether. Much like I did almost 2 years ago. Yes, people, I am a great big hippie.
8. You give lots of homemade gifts. Because homemade gifts are heartfelt, and sustainable, and affordable. And they make a statement about rejecting the consumer culture. Who needs Wal-Mart when you can knit your own sweaters? Hippies like me certainly don’t.
I’m sure there are many more signs of hippie mama-ness. But I just can’t think of them right now. Can you? What signs are there that you might (or might not) be a hippie?