“I carried my babies like that,” my grandmother told me with a smile.

It was my first trip back to our family’s village with my son. He was 19 months, beautiful and happy, and I was bursting with pride and joy every day.

But I was nervous, too—Greece was a far trip from America, and parenting styles can differ so wildly, even when they come from the same roots. I wanted my grandmother to see that my husband and I were doing well with our baby, and that we were continuing to pass down our culture.

The sun was cooling down and we decided to go for a hike. I slipped the baby into his carrier, his father gently fastened his wide-brimmed sunhat, and we stopped to kiss my grandmother goodbye. She stopped me. 

“I carried my babies like that,” she said. “Tied on my back, while I worked. They were happy!”

She gave me a kiss and we set out on our walk down the same paths that had been there for a hundred years.

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Becky Patouhas, social media specialist, has been a babywearing educator since 2013. Her favorite part of her job is a tie between seeing all the cute baby pictures and helping parents get that “I can’t believe I can hold my baby AND eat!” moment. A first-generation American and mom of two small boys, she and her family live in Michigan, where she enjoys volunteering with her local babywearing group. Becky loves her Zypora meh dais (she has two!) because they’re so cushy on her shoulders. She always has a Lightly Padded ring sling in her purse because she loves the soft padding, and she thinks Isle of Skye is the best colorway out there!

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