I’m sure that everyone has seen those Facebook quizzes that ask you, “Do you know what these weird English words actually mean?” or “Take this quiz to measure your mastery of the English language!” Well, I am guilty of taking those in the hopes of seeing the flashing message that pops up at the end of the quiz claiming that you are “Shaksperian”, “Incredible”, or “Master of all things WORDY”. Well, to be quite honest, I usually do manage a pretty good score, maybe because I was a language arts teacher for 25 years! But today I learned a new word! Doula.
(I just realized that I might be embarrassing myself by this particular blog post. It could be that every one else in the entire world knows what a “Doula” is except me. If that’s the case, you can stop reading now and go have some ice cream or something, but if not, then bear with me.)
My 3 sisters and I all live within 30 minutes of each other and we have tried over the last few years to get together once a week or so and share our latest projects, (knitting, weaving, crocheting), patterns or yarn, but mostly to just share some laughter and good times. Today was one of those sister get-togethers and after Subway sandwiches and cookies we began sharing our latest craft projects and the newest additions to our yarn stash. My one sister, Carol, is the only sister that is still working and not retired, so when her lunch hour (or 2) began to wind down, she made the wishful mention of how great it would be in a few years to retire and not have to leave in the middle of such fun times! To stretch out our weekly visit and delay her leaving, we began to talk about what she would do when she did retire. Well, here it comes…the point of this entire blog. She kind of sheepishly said, “Well, I had sort of thought about being a “doula”! O.K., I can’t begin to tell you what kind of thoughts ran thru my head!! With all of my English classes and my super, duper scores on vocabulary tests, I had no idea what a doula was. As she explained to us what she would be “doing as a doula” the rest of us breathed a quick sigh of relief and then we exploded into raucous confirmation of her choice!
What is a doula – Bing
A doula, also known as a birth companion and post-birth supporter, is a nonmedical person who assists a woman before, during, and/or after childbirth, as well as her spouse and/or family, by providing physical assistance and emotional support.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doula
If you knew my sister, (and I wish you did) you would know immediately, just as we did when she explained it, that this job would be perfect for her. She has all of the qualities that would make her a perfect doula! She is outgoing, caring, kind, humble, and just an all-round wonderful person. When I got home from our lunch, I googled -doula and what I read confirmed my belief that her picture should be in the dictionary next to the words-“the perfect doula”. They need to be able to “connect” with families. They need to be strong, wise and assertive as well and they need to be tender and calm. That’s my sister!
Just this morning, I read a great blog post by James Altucher entitled, How to find your calling and I believe when her retirement day comes, a doula will be her calling!
The next great doula!
(And “You’re welcome” for that next vocabulary quiz.)
Remember- EVERY day is a great day to make a joyful noise!!