I approached each ultrasound in my pregnancy with great anticipation. The idea that I would be able to give my baby a name and begin to prepare for a nursery gave me great excitement and joy. Sadly, there are women in other countries who will never to get to savor that joy. They are told that they are only allowed one child. Because of this, they will choose to terminate pregnancies if it is a little girl or simple allow the child to be orphaned simply because the would rather have a boy to carry out the family duties. It sounds harsh, it sounds almost like something that would only happen in a movie. It is real and it is happening in China.
It is heart breaking to me. Being the mom of three boys I know what the pain feels like to not have a little girl in our house. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE my boys and I never wish that they weren’t here but I grieve the fact that pink lace dresses and tea parties are not part of our weekly routines. So the thought that a child is ‘put out’ simply because of their gender is sickening.
For some time now, Heath has made me more aware of what we purchase. While we have not completely stayed away from China made products, it is something I look at when I purchase things. And really, one post can’t give you a clear idea of all of our reasons. However, Mommy Zabs has recently created a new blog called Not Made In China. It is wonderfully informative. Whether you are educated in the Chinese cultures or simply curious, it is sure to be a good read. Check it out.