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Seriously, is anyone really interested in what I have to say, other than me? But, to quote Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail,

“I don’t really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So goodnight, dear void.”

I’m trying to figure out what we’re going to “purchase” with the donations collected at last night’s youth group Christmas party. We collected $102, which is more than last year’s $78. There are so many options, though. Last year we bought a goat, but this year, with more money, and so many choices, I’m just not sure. So far, I’ve narrowed it down to:

  • 10 fruit trees for $45
  • Clothe 5 homeless US children – $25
  • 2 Rabbits – $15
  • 10 Ducks – $20
  • Feed a village for a week – $80
  • Bed for a child – $75, and
  • Immunize a child – $25.

I want us to give gifts that are long-lasting, not just one-time shots. Even the choices like “send a kid to school for a year” just somehow fell short, because what about next year? The goat was great last year because it provides milk for the family, can have babies that can be sold, and so forth. I also wanted to do a whole gift, not just a “share” of something, even though those things are big and are important. I wanted to pick things that the kids could relate to, could understand the importance of and feel good about. I’m just torn now. I wish I had money for all of it.

Tomorrow night is the Staff Christmas Party. This is the third one since I’ve been there, and I’ve managed to not go to the other two. This one, however, I feel I must go to, even though I hate parties like this and going places alone, etc. I “most likely” won’t be working there next Christmas, so I should probably do this. The first year, I thought I wouldn’t be there that long and so I didn’t want to go. Last year, I copped out, crying “sick” and generally just feeling antisocial. Grunt.

However, to make up for it, Saturday is ‘s birthday celebration. Quarter of a century, folks. Not sure yet what we’re doing, and I have to bail early to get enough sleep for on Sunday, but still should be a good time.

Rockin’ out to: James Taylor, A Christmas Album (available only at Hallmark)

Wisdom Source: I’m not reading these days. My brain is on strike.

Today’s Wisdom: Don’t eat yellow snow.

1 comment to Blah Blah Blah

  • Liz


    Since I’ve had some personal experience with these things:

    Fruit trees are good for families who can take care of them. The thing about fruit trees is that some families can’t afford fertilizer for their plants. If your family or the whole village is working with an Non Governmental Organization (NGO) that is teaching them organic farming, then fruit trees are awesome.

    Rabbits are great because almost any family can take care of them, breed them, and sell them for meat. In my village I saw a couple of teenage boys raising rabbits, and eventually they would sell the adults for meat. They made a good income from not that many rabbits.

    Ducks I have no idea. We didn’t have ducks. We had chickens and also guinea fowl. Guinea fowl are bigger than a chicken but smaller than a turkey. They yeild more eggs so they were great for women who sell the eggs in the market.

    Feed a Village For a Week I have my own feelings on. I think that if it’s a village in the midst of some disaster and that’s why there’s no food then I feel great about it. If it’s a village that has chronic food supply problems, then I would say, “give a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach him to fish, he eats forever”. But that’s up to you.

    Bed for a child: everyone in my country slept on matts on the floor. Bed’s could have been nice but the kids in my country slept with their parents.

    Immunize a child: Always a good choice.