December 16, 2008 7:00 am
Today will be my last post for awhile since Graham goes under the knife tomorrow. Don’t worry, I’ve got a kick ass team of guest posters in place so you won’t be left with nothing. You’ll actually be left in more capable hands than my own, if you can believe it. Stop by and show the love…
With everything going on around here, we haven’t really gotten into the holiday spirit this year. The Christmas decorations are all still packed away in the attic and there isn’t a tree to be found (unless you count this one). I’m just not feeling it. I figure that this is the last year I can get away without decorating since next year, we’ll have an almost THREE YEAR OLD (yikes!) and will have to go all out for his sake.
I’ve seen a few people write posts about paying it forward and helping out the less fortunate. I’m talking about Good Father and Kirsty who have both participated in The Helping Hands Project. The rules are simple:
1. Choose some way to give back. Here’s a few ideas….
* donate to the foodbank
* donate coats and blankets to a homeless shelter
* support a craft or bake sale that is in support of your local arts program or senior’s centre
* give a bag of cat litter or dog food to you favourite animal shelter
* donate blood
* throw your change in the Christmas Kettle as you’re going past
* volunteer to man the Christmas kettle
* make a new year’s resolution to volunteer some time next year to coach a kid’s T-ball team or a Special Olympics sport
* have a toy drive at school
* get a re-usable shopping bag
Throughout the year, we always spread the love around and donate to worthy causes as we stumble across them. But with everything going on around here, we haven’t done a whole lot to give back this holiday season. Sure, we donated a few toys to Metropolitan Ministries and sent food in for the families that Graham’s school adopted but it just doesn’t feel like enough. The other day, I picked up Jamie a new shirt from Target and when I got home, I realized that HE is my Helping Hands Project. Stay with me here, I have a point.
My loving, handsome, gonna take the kids tonight so I can catch up on sleep husband is skilled in the art of FIFO. As his wife, I take it upon myself to buy his clothing. Sure, he has input as to whether he’d actually wear the clothes I buy but I do the picking out for everyone in the household. And I’m cheap (as he would say, frugal). I mostly shop in the clearance section (in stores and online) and when I come across clothes I like, I buy in advance. Graham already has all of next year’s summer clothes stashed away in his closet thanks to Old Navy and Target clearance. Whenever I shop online, I usually cruise to the men’s clearance section and pick up a cheap t-shirt for Jamie.
Jamie happily accepts any new clothing thrown his way but it doesn’t end there. Oh, no. When I buy him a new shirt, he will promptly walk to his dresser and pick out a shirt to get rid of. It’s the strangest thing to watch and the very first time he did it, I gave him such a ration of shit about it because I couldn’t believe someone actually did that. His logic makes sense though, he only has so much room in the dresser (the entire thing is actually his), and if he’s putting something new in there, he has to make room. I get it. It’s just hilarious to watch him pick out a perfectly good shirt and deposit it in the running Good Will pile we have in our closet. He does it without any sentimental ties either, he just grabs and tosses.
Jamie’s abandoned shirts usually end up with a relative or friend. We’ve given bags of clothes to poverty stricken families at the school where I used to work and even to one of the school employees whose house burnt down. Jamie’s castoffs have been spread all over the state of Florida in true Helping Hand fashion. So for the rest of this year, I’m counting Jamie as my one good deed. The man truly is a giver.
Note: Jamie DID NOT approve this picture but it’s hilarous and we were laughing our asses off when we took the shot. Of course, this was take YEARS ago, before children.