I get the point. I do. Yesterday we were supposed to list the things we cared about, and today – Gotcha! – we are tasked with discovering what organizations champion our pet causes. But here’s the thing: who has the TIME for this? This is an absorbing task, this 30 Day Challenge. I can do it because I’m freelance. Mom’s doing it because she’s 1, a good sport and 2, part-time retired. But who else could really do devote this amount of time to a topic that won’t directly or visibly impact their daily lives? People with small children, full-time jobs and a two hour daily commute? Forget about it.
So I’m saying this: pick ONE thing you care about and ONE organization that you can support that will help make a difference in that cause. I pick public schools. They don’t help animals, not directly anyway, but in almost all ways, public schools impact the issues I care about deeply and actively. They are our co-parents in today’s society, and parenting of any kind in any amount is a monumental – and monumentally challenging – responsibility. I choose to help public schools. I volunteer to teach a creative writing class at a local middle school, and I know I could do more. I COULD do more, but it’s important not to get bogged down in that idea and use it as an excuse to do nothing. So there. Public schools. How about you?
Meanwhile I’m headed to Amherst, Mass., for an assignment, where I will be enjoying my ONLY real taste of winter so far this winter. I’m writing this from a layover at the Philly airport.
Other than the 30 minute delay caused by a LATE pilot (they actually said “late” not delayed, so what? He overslept?) Philly International so far meets my three top requirements for an excellent airport: an easily-found healthy meal, coffee and free wi-fi. I’m feeling all kinds of Brotherly Love. And no. It has nothing to do with the beer. Smartasses.