While ferrying around in my trusty Mommy Car today, one stop was for the Library fundraiser – I was to drop off blank name cards at a fellow volunteer’s house. She is going to use her (as yet unsung) skill in calligraphy to transform these randomly cut cards ( so green of me, I used the back of a calendar). I had a big piece of plastic to protect them from the rain but hadn’t thought to leave them for her in a nice package. Fortunately, Mommy Car is loaded with stuff and I was able to find a rubber band (from my stack on the gear shift from the take out sushi from Whole Foods) and further searching revealed a post-it note (although slightly wrinkled, not written on save for the cute PMS joke on it) and a (working) pen. I wrote a note, thanking my generous friend, put in on the (now ripped to normal size) plastic over the (green) cards securing it with the rubber band and dropped it on her porch. It looked like I may have even thought to package it this way before I left the house. Not so. Oh, well, now she knows I am really a disorganized wretch that sometimes lands on my feet and is pleased as punch but sometimes feels so guilty for looking together that I tell on myself.
I have always loved libraries, the peace, the enforced quiet (sometimes I need to be forced to be quiet), and the books – so many books! There is an application for Simmons college for an MLS degree in my inbox – it has been there awhile now and I almost don’t notice it anymore but I still think about it.
I get my library fix in a few ways these days, aside from just using it as the amazing resource that it is, I also volunteer for the Spring Fling, a wonderful annual fundraiser for the Newton Free Library (Tom Ashbrook of NPR as host) for the Friends of the Newton Free Library (book and author lunch, book sales) and at my children’s schools (I do need that Stop Me Before I Volunteer Again button). All of these groups are filled with lovely and intelligent women who are kind, supportive, level-headed and generous with their time and energy. It is a pleasure to spend time with them. There is a great (almost endless) supply of energy among these women. Whether it is a book sale, an author’s evening, a school-wide fundraiser or Understanding Our Differences program, the dedication and talent of these women is remarkable.
That said, I am on the precipice of wanting to – gasp – Return To Work. I know my skills are rusty or possibly non-existent, I know it is a horrible job market and I do value my time with my children at home (and volunteering) and still want to do that, too. I also want to be paid. I am glad that I have been home with my children and wouldn’t have missed it for the world (this is in no way a judgement of moms who work outside of the home, it is just what worked for us). But I still dream of those mother’s hours (10 am to 2 pm) and a fulfilling and financially rewarding career. Dreaming? Unrealistic? How do you balance your life? Let me know in the comment section.
Here are links to the Spring Fling, Friends and UOD
Last night I went to a fundraiser for Web of Benefit which is a nonprofit organization that helps women affected by domestic violence. It was a wonderful presentation and their philosophy is unique. “Web of Benefit operates under a “pay it forward” philosophy, where each woman assisted contributes to the Web of Benefit network by doing three good works, on whatever level she is able, for other women in need.” thus truly extending the web. The founder’s clear statement about women achieving their dreams was impressive.
Go to their website http://www.webofbenefit.org/ or find them on Facebook – Web of Benefit. It was a lovely evening put together by a group of women committed to finding non-profits that are exceptional and focusing their own grassroots fundraising on these organizations. More about them later.
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