I asked my friend Beth Gates Bumgarner to be a guest blogger for us. We worked on the high school newspaper staff together. She is now raising four kids in Gwinnett County. Her kids are 2, 5, 8 and 10. She always has great links to news articles on her Facebook page or funny anecdotes about her kids.
By Beth Gates Bumgarner
As a child I identified with my horoscope sign, Taurus, as if it were as much a part of me as my eye color and last name. I loved my birthstone, emerald, and the Lily-of-the-Valley flower that represents my birth month of May. It didn’t really matter that I had never actually seen the flower in person; I knew it was special.
When I was a teenager I checked my horoscope religiously. I was the Bull: loyal, stubborn, dependable, and a lover of the outdoors. I read the horoscope in the paper on a daily basis, searching for that “ah-ha” moment where I could identify myself as the exact person the astrologer had in mind when she wrote her snippets of wisdom.
In college I moved up to the monthly horoscope column in Cosmopolitan magazine. Surely that one would give me some truth or insight into my life as a young woman, right? My roommate and I were thrilled when the January issue had a special horoscope insert that gave us clues about the coming year. I was also thrilled when my grandmother gave me an emerald ring. I finally owned my coveted birthstone!
Fast-forward to 2010. Now it is rare for me to give my horoscope even a quick glance. In fact, I don’t even know what my children’s Zodiac signs are, except for my son, Owen, whose birthday is 4 days after mine. What used to be my favorite part of the newspaper doesn’t even get a glance. I’d rather check out the weekly meal planner, the local news, or the editorials. As far as the birthstones go, I do know those for each of my children. Maybe it’s because I like jewelry. (Hint to my husband!)
Looking back on my love of horoscopes, I have to wonder why they no longer capture my attention like they did. At the time it sure was fun and completely harmless.
Are horoscopes as popular as they were in the 1970s and 1980s? Do other moms discuss the signs of the Zodiac with their children and the personality traits they describe? Maybe I should rediscover them today. Could they possible give me some insight as to why my daughter Jillian so sensitive, physically and emotionally? Would they explain why my son Lucas cannot remember to shut off lights and flush the toilet?
Or, do teenagers try on their identities in many ways and then eventually outgrow being defined by outside factors? I realize now that, while I am dependable, I am really not a very stubborn person. Do you still identify with your horoscope qualities? Have you ever made decisions based on a horoscope?
Do you own piece of birthstone jewelry for yourself? What about a mother’s ring or necklace containing the birthstones of your children?