When a flash of orange light appears on my WordPress notifications menu informing me of a new comment, it always excites me.
Imagine my joy when the comment is more than a friendly nodding: “Nice post!” “Thank you!” These brief comments are equivalent to the British weather talk with a stranger: “Lovely, isn’t it?” The encounter is friendly, but it lacks substance.
I wrote Oriental and western views on postnatal confinement two weeks ago and the comments I received were fine examples of how interactive comments inform, educate and entertain me.
Views from different countries
Three women from Singapore, Germany and Britain shared candidly their childbirth after-care experiences and projected three distinct viewpoints. One man could not compete with these women with their experiences, but he was brave enough to contribute to the childbirth conversation from the point of view of food that Chinese women eat after childbirth: “‘liver cooked with ginger’ sounds yummy.”
Addarline from Singapore is a modern, highly educated woman and she shared her happy confinement memories. She described the total of two months’ confinement for her two childbirths were ‘the happiest time’ in her life. She described in colourful details how she was pampered:
“I get 3 nutritious meals cooked at regular hours, herbal water for showering prepared to the right temperature, baby is well looked after and all I have to do is breast feed and bond with her. Gifts are welcome but visitors and all telecommunications are confined to only close family members. A massage lady is hired to give me 8 sessions of traditional Indonesian massage and wrapping which puts me quickly back to shape. After 1 month, I emerged a happy mom who’s totally radiant and shapely. I think every woman deserves a good Chinese confinement!”
This description evokes warmth and happiness. After my reply, Addarline wrote back with a brilliant analogy:
“I think nobody needs to fully understand the tradition to enjoy living like Cleopatra, do we? ”
This imagery of a radiant new mother with the splendid Cleopatra is so powerful. From her comments, I learn that a modified Chinese tradition and a western education do not have to clash.
British blogger and talented artist, Keren Baker, commented that “I would love to see the old fashioned English confinement of 5 days in hospital (or at least home) encouraged again.” Keren also explained how an unwritten ‘super mum’ expectation was unwise.
Helen from Germany informed us that a woman can stay up to 5 days after a normal birth. Helen shared her view about finding ‘a happy medium.’
“The best would be a happy medium; a way that respects the new mother but also gives her the chance to be looked after.” By Helen Williams
Brainstorming, challenging views, education
These informative and heartfelt comments graced my post. They added value to the post, improved my understanding, and generated interest in this topic. Because of these lively and intelligent discussions, I felt that the research I had put into the original post was worth it.
The interactive discussions let us see beyond right and wrong, and modernity and tradition on the topic. They have stretched my thinking.
I am always grateful when readers leave their genuine comments. They trust this platform well enough to share their viewpoints to the world. The trust the community built around this blog. It is an honour.
I enjoy brainstorming. I trust that my readers are respectful, though we may have different views. I like to be challenged, therefore I welcome challenging views as long as we can hold a good discussion on this platform. This is where we share our thoughts, challenge our views and have a bit of a laugh sometimes.
This post was inspired by Blog Exercises: I Don’t Have Any Comments by Lorelle VanFossen. You can find more Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress. This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles.
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