Sometimes I read things and forget about them. Oh, I might get all riled up and tweet a link or tell every single Facebook friend to go read it (assuming my posts go into the feed, which is wishful thinking considering how Facebook engineers their algorithms, but I digress), but then a few days go by and I have a few deadlines to meet and more than a few meals to cook, and poof. What was so amazing is still amazing, but it’s not stuck in my thoughts, begging me to turn it over, look again and squeeze every little bit of awesomeness I can out of it.
Then there are the posts that won’t let me go. The ones whose words creep into my thoughts when I’m working on a project, when I’m cooking dinner or when I’m singing along to some random song in the car. Posts like this one, from my friend Jenny. Posts that remind me that no matter how far apart we all think we might be, there are so many experiences we share. So many things we don’t talk about, unless someone like Jenny is brave enough to say it first.
When I read Jenny’s “Those People” post I could relate. I CAN relate. No, I don’t shop at the food pantry. But I’m in the demographic that does, and I’m thankful there are resources available for people who need them. I’ve had to ask for help these past few years, and it can be a humiliating experience. But we do it, moms with kids, because they’re worth those awful feelings even when we are convinced we might die from embarrassment and shame.
Thing is, there aren’t enough resources to meet the need. So when people like Jill Smokler of Scary Mommy take it upon themselves to raise money to provide a Thanksgiving meal to those who otherwise wouldn’t have one, I am humbled. When people like Jenny write about quinoa, I am moved. And when people like my friend Erin dive in to do what they can, I’m inspired.
It takes $50 for The Thanksgiving Project to feed one family at Thanksgiving. So far this 2013 season, she’s raised enough money to feed 2,758 families. 2,758 families!!!!! Every one of those families will get a card and a gift card in the mail, so they can enjoy Thanksgiving. But there are still families on the waiting list, and families that applied after the official deadline.
That’s where you and I come in. I know that Jenny said she didn’t want her piece to be about the quinoa, or the tapenade or the artichoke hearts; but I love quinoa! And I love new recipes, and I want to do something to help others so here’s the deal: I will donate $1 for every blog post that’s linked up here that contains a quinoa recipe. The recipe doesn’t have to be an original that you created; just include it in your blog post and attribute it to the proper source, and it will count for $1. Entries will be closed at noon on Saturday, so that I can get the donation to Jill so she can get gift cards out to those still waiting. I’ll donate a minimum of $50 even if 50 people don’t link up.
Update: when the linkup expired on Saturday, November 23, I clicked on over to Scary Mommy’s Thanksgiving Project to make my donation. When I saw her amazing announcement that donations were closed because she’d been able to send each and every applicant a gift card for their Thanksgiving meals, I decided to focus my efforts locally and donated here at my very own grocery store, thanks to Alice 102, which was set up at the front of Price Chopper to take donations of non-perishable food and turkeys.
I also made a $25 dollar to Scary Mommy’s Birthday Project. If you’re unfamiliar with the awesome going on over there, I hope you’ll check it out.