Long before gravity took over our bodies, long before little people took over our time, and long before 5 AM became an early morning rather than a late night, we attended an academic institution that had a lovely tradition called Spring Break. Some people went to Cancun, some people went home and had their laundry done, and I generally tried to get a jump start of term papers because I was a raving geek (as opposed to the embodiment of coolness that I am today). The really good kids, however, did something called Alternative Spring Break, which involved building houses for people unable to afford them or somesuch altruism. And, although I don’t regret missing out on Cancun and I certainly don’t miss the trips home, I do wish I had an opportunity to spend some time just doing for people to whom I am not related.
Well, here’s our chance, and many of you have risen to the occasion. Here are the responses I got to my call for Alternative Mother’s Day suggestions:
- Becky, at Mommy Wants Vodka, is giving money to Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. Please visit her post about parents who have lost children and what people are doing to honor those children.
- Coco, at Mommyhood and Life, is donating to Heifer.org, so as to help those suffering from the food crisis.
- The Mad Hatter suggests donating to The Stephen Lewis Foundation in honor of the grandmothers in Africa who are raising AIDS orphans.
- The Other Bear donates for breast cancer research each year in honor of her mother’s friend.
- I also encourage those who haven’t to visit Julie’s post on uninsured children and spend some time today learning about this important issue.
- Please spend some time reading the series over at MOMocrats.
If I have missed anyone, please send me an email or leave a comment and I will add your ideas. Today is about motherhood, and motherhood is about children. That’s all I have to say about that.