I logged on to my email today, which I hadn't looked at for two days. I had 76 messages.
About 40 of them were notices of new posts from blogs I read. About 15 were sales notices. The rest were spam comments on my blog. My spam is growing.
I knew this day was coming. If you're on the web for any length of time, the garbage finds you. So, I'm spending more time clicking the "mark as spam" tab, and deleting. I hate it. The time it takes, and just flinging all that trash into cyber-space. It's so wasteful - a waste of words, a waste of time, a waste of energy. Excess in a bad way.
On the flip side, the students at our daughter's high school donated food and money to 40 families this Thanksgiving week. For the past couple weeks, they filled up laundry baskets with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, and corn. Some Spam even came in. (It must be going around.) Parents donated turkeys and apple pies. And money. $500 worth.
40 families. Full laundry baskets. Whole turkeys, some frozen, some cooked. Pies. And cash. Families got a Thanksgiving meal and some. Nothing was wasted. Excess in a good way.
A parents' organization gave each teacher an apple pie. 30+ teachers and 30+ pies.
Can you imagine? This is our daughter's pie. She teaches religion, so she has to share. Thanks, honey!
Our daughter came home beaming because she was so proud of her students. Very pleased they were so generous. These young food donators are tomorrow's leaders, and it's important to her that they learn to contribute and not just consume. Today's donation event was so successful, the school is going to try to start an ongoing food bank. Giving and sharing and feeding at its best.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because of this very kind of thing. Christmas can bring out the best in people too, but there's so much spending and wanting and getting and yes, greed, going on that it gets a bit tainted. Even baby Jesus is kind of an afterthought.
So, here's to teenagers who fed the hungry this week, and to teachers who work hard to instill in kids the awareness that there are always people with less.
I'm also thankful for the web that enables me to share my thoughts about generous teens and impressive teachers. Maybe one of those teens will grow up and invent a method of blasting Internet spam for good.
Here's hoping you have a wonderful, family-filled Thanksgiving with lots of laughter and delicious fare. Be thankful for every bite.