Blogging is not always easy. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say. Anyone who knows me knows that I always have plenty to say. But there are plenty of times when what I have to say is not really suited to this forum. And I can talk while I do other things. Not so easy to sit down without distractions and get words on a page.
I love to write at least as much as I love to talk. The process of clarifying my thinking and my words, then putting them into coherent form is as fulfilling as getting the set up row right, placing my markers and knitting a complex bunch of twists and yarn overs that becomes a precise pattern. It’s half discipline, half blind faith and half wild magic. Yes, I know. That’s three halves. It feels that way sometimes.
Every now and then, when I know I have to write something and I can’t think of what to write, I go back and read earlier posts. It’s a little like having a conversation with myself. If I have done a good job, those posts capture my emotional states at the times I wrote them, and I can revisit the feelings along with the content. It sometimes inspires me and give me continuity.
This morning, I came in early so I could blog without distraction and went surfing through old posts to see what they might spark. Imagine my surprise when I came across a post from last November in which I made a promise.
“…Every First Friday of every month from now until forever, Over The Rainbow Yarn will be donating 5% of our gross sales for the day directly to AIO.” (You can read the whole post and get the context. The post it titled “I have always depended on the kindness of knitters.” Scroll down. It’s near the bottom. Go ahead. I’ll wait.)
Hmmm… We have had a barrel in the store to collect non-perishable food items. We have had a jar on the counter to collect monetary donations. But I quite quickly got distracted by planning events and the winter holidays, and I am embarrassed to say I forgot my promise.
There are still hungry people in Maine. Budgets are still being cut. The Food Pantry still needs our help. And today, right now, I’m going to fix my mistake. I’ve gone over the gross sales for every First Friday since October, and I’ll be taking a check along with the food left in the barrel and the cash that has accumulated in the jar straight over to the Food Bank this morning before we open. And from now on, I’ll have it posted in my calendar:First Friday donation to AIO.
You can still help by tossing your spare change in the jar, or bringing in non-Perishable food items. Perhaps easiest of all, you can help by shopping for yarn on a Friday. We’ll keep a running tally and let you know how much you’ve given, and how much we’ve given on your behalf.
Thanks to all of you who have donated so far, and to all of you who will be donating in the future. And I promise I won’t forget my promise every again.