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Friday, December 19, 2008

slinging hams

I'm struggling a little bit with What Am I Supposed To Do Now?........ I really believe that when we begin to feel lost or pitiful in any way, the best thing to do is to do something for somebody else. So yesterday I volunteered at the annual Taos Feeds Taos big day of food distribution at the National Guard Armory. Every town has something like this. I recommend spending a few hours or even a whole day making sure someone else gets fed. It will feed you too.

I spent a good part of my time there slinging hams into shopping carts - an odd job to give to the only vegetarian in the room...


But once the marching band started to play, I kind of got into it... Did you know that hams make wonderful dance partners? They also make terrific little drums.


The Guard Guys were great, as were the volunteers from the high school and the community. There we all were - cheerleaders, soldiers, artists, and real estate agents, all slinging hams, hoisting boxes, and pushing shopping carts through the snow like one big happy family. I wish I could do it every day.


After the food line slowed down, Deborah and I sorted out all the coats and toys that needed new homes. There's nothing like handing a fuzzy teddy bear to a little kid, or to a little old lady, and watching their faces turn instantly from serious to happy.


Later, I met up with some other good girl friends for a little get-together. Always fun, hanging with the girls. We are such an interesting group...


And so... another day, and still wondering what in the world to do. Maybe I'll make beads. It pays about as well as volunteer work these days, but still, it's what I do, and one of the things I love to do. Tonight we're going to a Christmas Sing-Along at the OBL. It's one of our favorite holiday events here, and we were lucky to get a table, thanks to Lauren, who pulled some strings for us.

If you don't hear much from me here for a few days, don't worry. I feel kind of talked out for now, but I'll be back as soon as I have something to say. Till then, Happy Holidays! Let's all go out there and make some magic.

5 comments:

Diosa Domestica De La Locura said...

My husband, oldest daughter Stephanie and a group from our church went to the mission in Pontiac and helped package and hand out gifts to the people who frequent the area. They had a wonderfully blessed and fun time helping out.

I'm spending a few days making some jewelry I haven't in a while. Doesn't get me the coin it used to, but it makes me happy to make someone else happy :).

Merry Christmas,
Penny \IiiI
Texan Landed In Michigan
Coming to you from under a foot of snow

Diosa Domestica De La Locura said...

My husband, oldest daughter Stephanie and a group from our church went to the mission in Pontiac and helped package and hand out gifts to the people who frequent the area. They had a wonderfully blessed and fun time helping out.

I'm spending a few days making some jewelry I haven't in a while. Doesn't get me the coin it used to, but it makes me happy to make someone else happy :).

Merry Christmas,
Penny \IiiI
Texan Landed In Michigan
Coming to you from under a foot of snow

Anonymous said...

Hello Kim

My friend Michelle first introduced me to your blog. I have to say that I do enjoy reading You. I realise you often say the exact things I am thinking and that helps me to understand that I'm going on ok. Keep sharing and keep encouraging. God Bless You!

Jean said...

whay a cool person you are..and I know you! Yay!this sort of makes me a little cool too, right? your beads are so beautful today! I am in awe!

all love, Jean

Michelle said...

Hi Kim,
I have to say, I wouldn't have liked those hams much either, also being vegetarian !! Glad you made the best of it ! That's always what I try to do !!
Happy Holidays to you and Rick too!!! xoxox
See you next year ! (UK)