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How did you spend your MLK Day?

In addition to getting my house ready to host lunch for 20 today, my service project yesterday was to sort several large bags and boxes of yarn into separate boxes, by color, to donate to Alderson FPC’s Yarn Project. There’s about 500 balls of yarn in those boxes.

I knew I wouldn’t be able spend time away from home doing any kind of community service, and those bags of yarn have been in my garage for about six weeks now. So I sorted yarn as I listened to Oprah and felt like I’d made a contribution.

The real contribution will be when I deliver the yarn, which will be tonight, when I go to Alderson for my weekly volunteer gig. I spend an hour with more than 100 inmates every Tuesday evening; I imagine tonight will be even more special for all of us.

Next question: How will you spend today? (The comments are waiting, hint, hint.) I’m so lucky I don’t have to work, and my husband and I are so fortunate to have so many friends who are able to take time from their day to share this moment in history with us. We’ll be celebrating, along with the rest of the world, a new day in the life of America. I know I sound sappy, but I can’t help it. The time for cynicism is over. I wish the Obamas, the Bidens and our new Congress all the best.

We deserve it.


LG said…
I'm afraid I was selfish and took the first 4 hours off to go through my apartment and load up the car with things for charity (that could be construed as my "good deed for the day" moment, kind of). Then I came into work because our library was open for the students.

You know, I wish I could send all of my books to you to send to them (the ones that I'm donating) but I remembered the library there had some issues with "controversial" books.

I truly do admire what you do for the women at Alderman. I'm hoping that some of the prison reforms will take effect (you should read up on my Senator, Jim Webb, who has taken this as one of his projects). You're so awesome!
Laura N said…
I spent MLK day half at work, half at home with my daughter. We didn't do anything special, but being together just the two of us is special enough.

You were really productive. What a great thing to do. And you volunteer every Tuesday? Wow. That's awesome.

I'm sure you had a fab lunch and are on cloud 9 today. It surely was amazing to watch.

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