wow. This made me really sad, but in a good way.
it brought back memories of hash and powdered milk.
I love this post. When I was a kid, my mom was REALLY poor. (She wouldn't take the child support.) So the church guy would come around on Xmas and bring the box with the ham and canned food and stuff in it. Later on she got a better job and we'd go to the church to help box up the things for other people. Only time we ever went to church.
You just like it because of my awesome icon. Admit it!
I think this entry embodies what I like about internet journaling, that is I find anecdotal storytelling to be infinitely fascinating, especially when relayed in simple, direct language. It hardly feels like reading at all, yet has palpable impact. She did a nice job of translating from experience to words.
I liked this a lot.
She is inside-out beautiful, which is the best kind. Her stories are effortless because it is just who she is. I adore her and her LJ is definitely one of my all-time favorites because of this and for the reasons you noted as well.
I think I am going to add on your recommendation.
This is fantastic. I need to remember these kinds of things more often.
I was in one of those adopted families.
I thank you. This post just about made my day.
Awwwwwwwwwwwwww!! My family used to do the Adopt-A-Family thing too. Nice to know people doing this kind of thing really make a difference.
Jeez though, it surprised me that they used to send the donors to the donees directly; what an intensely uncomfortable moment, I'd think.
I don't think so. I grew up poor and I was never ashamed of it. I guess its because we weren't taught to think we had somehow failed because we didn't have money. We just thought, some people have money and some don't. We don't.
That's good to hear. I still have trouble imagining that that's universal, but then neither is my impression.
Oh, I know it's not universal. Some people are raised to think it's a matter of pride.
You spelled Illyria wrong.
Some people never change.
I was thinking about that too. I wondered if the one-family-to-another aspect would be better, since that would help foster a sense of community over an institution. I don't have the answer, I was just thinking.
It made me think of life on the reservation. On Halloween, there'd be whole families that came to the door, or old kids forced by their parents to trick-or-treat, because they needed as much as they could get. It might be just my impression, but they looked pretty ashamed to be there.
This really warmed my heart and restored my faith in humanity somewhat.
I was so thinking of posting this here when I read it this morning, you beat me to it! Although, at least it made me realize what I want to do this Christmas - volunteer.
This is really refreshing amidst all the christmas Buy me Buy me hysteria.
When I was a kid, we went from being those "spoiled brats" to being the RECIPIENTS of the Christmas charity boxes (after my dad died)... so from BOTH ends of the spectrum, AMEN and THANK YOU for sharing.
oh man, I'm crying. Beautiful.
This story has so many different kinds of love stories within it.
Good writers impress me, but good writers who write about people who love each other well move me. Thank you, thank you for posting this.
Wow... That made me tear up! Very inspiring and a good reminder to give back to the community!
i followed a random link here from a friend, and i must say, that's an AMAZING story. the world needs more people like you, hell i need to try and be more like you. i thought i was doing good just dumping my pocket change in the buckets every time i left the mall! man, that is just plain awesome!
Omg teary. I just got a pretty sizable bonus from work [not holiday, it is performance-based from previous quarter business] I will find something nice like this to do with it.
I am not super wealthy, but I grew up having whatever I wanted and now that I make enough money to be comfortable it is so great to be in a position to give it to causes that are important to me. I am also now excited about the prospect of going shopping for someone else. HOW FUN!
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This is gorgeous. Thank you for posting it.