Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Emote This: Charity

Last week, in light of the frenzied Christmas shopping season, I challenged us to confess our greatest desires – the things we wanted most and hoped Santa would bring us. What I assumed would be a day filled with greed, however, soon turned into something else. There was talk of world peace, saving the environment, even the hope of making a new friend... and suddenly, I realized that the authors and characters that gather here can be a pretty selfless lot.

Like the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, I felt as though my heart grew three sizes in one fell swoop.

So, this week, I thought we could emote a much more positive aspect of the holiday season – not greed, but charity – not taking, but giving.

Tell me, everyone – what would you like to give this season, and to whom? Even if it’s just a handful of wild berries to a friend, it’s still the thought that matters, right?

It is the season of charity, after all.

35 comments:

Ricky said...

I give to the local food bank every year. I've been pretty poor myself at times, but never so bad off that I didn't have food. It must suck to be hungry.

Bo said...

I think spreading pleasure is a charitable endeavor. If anyone is feeling down, just let me know how I can make you happy. I know a great little motel where they don't ask questions. No matter how strange your desires may be, I'll fulfill your fantasies and I'll never tell your secrets.

Ricky said...

That's an interesting offer, Bo. I don't know if you'll get any takers around here, though.

Kalila said...

Yeah, Sleazy. Go away. Take your "charity" elsewhere.

Devi Marconi said...

That's wonderful, Ricky! That's exactly the sort of selflessness I'd expect from you. Hunger is indeed a terrible thing.

In Ruby Hollow, we make sure no one goes hungry. Around Christmastime, we even try to spread the love aboveground, too. We leave little packages of treats on people's doorsteps. We'd give them in person, but there would be too many questions.

P.S. And before you wonder why folks would even accept such anonymous gifts from strangers, remember that this is rural Kentucky, where folks still trust one another. I don't think our charity would be taken quite the same way in a city.

Laura Martone said...

Bo might not get any takers, but it's still a generous offer.

Still, I always thought charity was a selfless act, a way to help others without receiving any benefits of your own (other than to feel good about yourself, of course). Forgive me, Bo, but your offer seems a bit opportunistic, though I s'pose that could just be the "prude" in me talking.

Donna Hole said...

Being a single woman well over the age of 18 and past my prime, I might be tempte by Bo's offer.

I think I'll go have a young girls fantasy now. Thanks Bo.

......dhole

Calvin Mertz said...

I'd give my brother my heart. Healthy, vital, pumping strong and loyaly all these years no matter what I put my body through.

I can't cure his heart disease, but I'd certainly take back every time I caused him stress and added to his deteriorating condition. That in itself would be a gift to my family - if I could take back every heart break I ever caused.

But I can't change time, or myself. So I guess my act of charity would be to rid the world of the SOB dealer who set up me and all my friends for murder.

No, I guess that's not the charity you had in mind. (takes another hit)

I give to charity all the time. I love seeing the kiddies of my less crafty friends enjoying Christmas toys I bought, and eating dinners I personally shopped for. Charity begins at home, right? I spread my wealth around my friends and family and hope to bring some peace of mind and joy to the season.

Amy Thompson said...

Oh dear me. Don't let Cal's depression dampen anyone's spirits. Its his time of year to be out walking the streets, tossing money and cigarettes to homeless people on the streets and in the shelters.

I also give toys and household goods to the local shelter. I know what its like to have nowhere to go and nobody to depend on.

The hospital I work for collects referrals from the staff on families that have suffered spiritual and financial tragedies in the last year, and I contribute to sponsored families. Cathy and I delivered some of the presents last year.

What an amazing experience for both my daughter and myself.

Olivia Harper said...

Christmas is a strange time of year, Amy. Filled with equal parts despair, joy, and charity. So, I can understand Cal's mixed emotions... this season can underscore a person's own inner turmoil - but helping others, as you and he do, can go a long way to calm the demons within.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Indy and I don't have a lot to give, but that doesn't mean we don't try to be charitable all year. Most of our charity is the labor kind - not monetary. Helping the elderly with their groceries. Helping a little kid across the street. Rescuing wayward puppies. Whatever we can do to help... and the reward is spectacular.

Amy Thompson said...

That's true charity Meg. You are giving the gift of yourself, something the other people truly need and appreciate.

Thanks for your encouragement Olivia.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Thanks, Amy. That makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Laura Martone said...

I wish I were more charitable. Money's tight these days, so it's difficult to give to others. But my time seems to be even tighter.

Long ago (before I got married), I used to volunteer a lot of my time to my local UU church, but in recent years, I've found it hard to juggle the "work" I have, much less any volunteer endeavors. Must change that in the new year.

Marenya said...

I would give Raynor the gift of forgetfulness. I doubt he will ever be able to forgive himself for what he has done, so forgetfulness is the next best thing.

Raynor said...

But then I would forget you. No matter how difficult things become, I wouldn't want that to happen. You are my saving angel.

I would give Marenya a castle of her own, surrounded by orchards and fields of flowers, so that she could tend them to her heart's content.

Faldur said...

I would give Raynor permanent forgetfulness.

And Marenya already has my heart, though she knows it not. I cannot give her more in this life.

Marenya said...

I would give Faldur a hard knock on the head. Perhaps that would knock some sense into him.

Or a very long kiss. That might be more effective.

Raynor said...

I'll take the kiss and give him the knock, Marenya.

Marenya said...

I wish I could give it in good faith, Raynor. Perhaps I will grow weary of him before lone, but for now my heart won't be persuaded. We pursue the most desperately that which is just out of our reach, whether it is good for us or no.

See, I am becoming a philosopher.

Faldur said...

Now, now, we aren't being very charitable, are we?

I would give each Ranger widow a hundred gold coins.

Ginger said...

I would give Bo a nice warm sweater for winter, and Ricky a two-week vacation somewhere tropical.

Kalila can have some catnip.

And Laura her very own U-Haul truck.

Kalila said...

Just what are you implying, Ginger? I'll thank you not to share my secrets out in the open like that.

I don't give to charity. It seems like a foolish thing to do.

Nevin said...

Don't believe everything Kalila says. She's actually very kind and helpful. She just doesn't want anyone to know. It's not very djinn-like to be charitable.

Olivia Harper said...

Hi, Nevin. I notice that trend a lot with Kalila. Always selling herself short. Tsk, tsk.

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, Ginger! I could totally use my very own U-Haul truck.

In exchange, I could make you blueberry scones for the rest of my life... or would you rather have my knife collection? I leave it up to you.

Ginger said...

Hmmm, Laura, thank you very much for the kind offer. I make my own scones every day so I don't really need any more, and I also have my own set of chef's knives. We are rather similar!

How about just your forever friendship? That would be perfect.

Laura Martone said...

Friendship? That's all? You got it! (Actually, you already had it.)

Thanks again for the U-Haul - that'll really come in handy!

If there's anything I can do for you, just let me know. :-)

Kaelin said...

I would give Aidan the gift of silence and dreamless sleep, if I could.

Nutmeg Cross said...

That's kind of you, Kae. Very kind.

Aidan said...

Haha, he called you Kae.

He hates that, Nutmeg. Heh. And there isn't anything he can do about it.

Keep calling him that. Please. You make my day.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Oops. I thought Kaelin liked the nickname. My mistake. I shouldn't have taken such liberties.

Sorry, Aidan. No can-do. I refuse to be in the middle.

Aidan said...

Dang, I shouldn't have said anything!

Nutmeg Cross said...

That's right, Aidan. On this one, you should've kept your trap shut. I'd have never known the difference... until Kae (I mean, Kaelin) said something. ;-)

Edgar said...

My character would give the poor people food to the bank were they donate food and more. The other thing I would give them is alot of clothes that I dont need anymore.


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