It's obviously not a part of our culture here in the states, although it is catching on in a lot of places. The sling I have is actually my older sister's, Mishka. So its a new idea for me..but I love it. But what cracks me up is the response that I get when I wear it out in public. I do get the typical, "oh how neat" or "where did you get that?" Most people are openly inquisitive. But some of the comments I just don't understand. Like the people that walk past me and turn to the person they are with and say, "did you see that?" all secret like. Is there something strange about a sling that I am not getting? Or the other day a lady was trying not to stare at it and then as she got closer she peeked inside and said in surprise, "Oh, you have a baby in there." What would I have in a pouch in front of my body? Does it look like a purse?
One day, at my little sisters gymnastics meet at UA, I was walking into the event and there was a mom outside with her baby trying to get him to sleep. She too had a sling, although hers was different. Even from across the building we were drawn to each other (ha!) and when I finally got to where she was I said, "hello fellow slinger." And her face was beaming. It was like we understood each other. We were not "odd" to each other. But then I had to go and couldn't really get to talk to her much. Anyway.. I thought I would share. Tell me.. what do you think of slings?
If you are interested, there is a Birmingham group called Magic City Slingers that meets every month to help you learn your sling. The also meet for other neat events. For instance this Saturday is Slingfest at Vulcan Park from 1-5! That would have to be fun!