What the heck is a push present, I asked myself, the first time I heard it a few weeks ago. Have you heard of this trend?
Boy have I been enlightened since I first heard the term. I turned to Google for some answers after listening to talkback radio today about baby showers and push presents. I almost wished I hadn’t listened, but I did. More to the point, I wished what I heard I could unhear. So what’s the big deal?
According to Wikipedia ‘A push present is a present a partner gives to the mother to mark the occasion of her giving birth to their child. ‘
It has grown in popularity amongst celebrities. Media coverage has popularised it even more. Some of the more extravagant pp’s have been a 10 carat diamond ring, a Bentley, a diamond and sapphire necklace. Seriously?!
Today I listened to a Baby Shower business owner talk about the rise in competitiveness and popularity of this trend here in Adelaide. People book private function rooms with fully catered lavish events. It has become a cut-throat game of ‘look at me’ and what I can do ‘cos I got the money.
And here I was, naively thinking that the happy parents celebrate by cuddling their newborn, taking the precious bundle home and maybe cracking open a bottle of champagne in between feeds and nappy changes. And a much needed sleep.
Whilst some splurge and purge in grotesque Romanesque excess, others sleep rough with empty bellies. There is something seriously wrong here!
What do you think?
© Raili Tanska – I just have to ground myself to some peace after this.