I took dinner to the Friends of Youth shelter at the Landing earlier this week. The best part was being able to share that doing-good feeling with my mom and grandma, who happily joined in to help out. (Also, cooking with my mom seems to reduce that feeling of existential kitchen crisis, where I wonder, "Why am I here? Do I even know what cooking is??")
I knew it would be more fun, and less chore like to have my Mom helping in the kitchen. But I was surprised by how good I felt about sharing the experience. I always feel really good about taking dinner over there- it's something really tangible that I am doing for my community. It's really nice to share that feeling with someone I like, and to feel like we are the sort of people who do good things in the community.
I was planning to write a post about how I want to look for more ways to share that good feeling, but my folks beat me to the punch on Mother's Day. While we were sitting down to a Mother's Day brunch, my Dad turned to his mom (my saintly grandmother), and said, "Your mother's day gift is a donation to Donors Choose." I couldn't have been happier if the gift had been for me. Or if I actually got to read the books that my grandmother picked to buy for a local classroom.
I think I'm starting to understand what they say about good deeds multiplying.
Have you noticed our totals? Just inching past the $4000 mark (!)
Now would be an awesome time to sign up for the Crawl for a Cause- raise money for charity, and hang out with me for my birthday. It's going to be grand!
I'm donating blood this week. I'll try to write an update about the importance of blood donation, but schedule yours today!