sister = female missionary, usually ages 21-23
elder = male missionary, usually ages 19-21
senior missionaries = usually retired couples
There is one sister that loves that you gave birth at home, you breastfeed, and that Zari breastfeeds her stuffed animals. Also, I brought up the whole birth thing with the senior missionaries with us (around the dinner table at a restaurant), and they were all weird about it, but I loved it--they were so shocked, but I was thinking the whole time, "If you want shocked, I could tell you about the placenta, or the various uses of garlic*." Then some other elders were talking about how they will force their wives to give birth at a hospital, because they "don't want to take any chances," but I turned that one down. It's true--people treat birth as something inherently wrong, that it should be medically treated. True, there are other options other than unassisted at home (Joss [my younger sister], in a hospital birthing center). So I was telling them all about it, even though I'm male, will never have birth, and still am single.He is hoping to go into radiology, so he should have lots of opportunities to talk about birth & breastfeeding when he's in medical school. I love that he occasionally uses Russian-isms when he's writing in English ("will never have birth," for example). My brother is awesome!
* Referring to its use for treating yeast infections--my family just can't get over how weird they think this is, so it's become a family joke