Tuesday, December 2, 2008

On The Third Day of Christmas....

My true love gave to me:
Three French Hens,
Two Turtle Doves,
and a Partridge in a Pear Treeeeeeeeee.

Once again, this can mean either the three theological virtues: faith, hope and charity, or it can just be ANOTHER reference to all of the eating people used to do during the celebration from Christmas to Epiphany. Or, I guess it could just sound really great with the short syllables and conjure images of nice fat little chickens.

So today, since we've been talking about feasts, our most deserving charity is Loaves and Fishes / Meals on Wheels. The name is obviously taken from the miracle of the loaves and fish where Jesus fed the masses with one boy's lunch. There seem to be a Loaves and Fishes groups all over the country. Here in Portland the focus is on seniors and disabled people who live independently. When I was pregnant with my daughter, my son and I delivered Meals on Wheels. It was such a profound experience. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Little H charmed everyone he met, and we would stay and chat a little with most of the people. It doesn't seem like a big deal, delivering meals to people, but what it is really providing them is independence. They are able to live on their own and not have to worry about fixing three meals a day.

As always, during our 12 Days of Christmas, donate 15% of any sales from Cat in an Apron to the Portland Loaves and Fishes - just email me at marne@catinanapron.com and I will take care of it. If you would like to do more, check out these options.


  1. That is so w2onderful and It is great to expose your child to that and show him involvement in his community. I think so many parents do not do this. I think if more did it would instill the want to do better in the world around us. Good for you!

  2. thanks! i wish i could do it now, but it would take me all day to get to two houses: get the kids IN the car... get the kids out to pick up the meals... get the kids IN the car.... get the kids out at the first house. "Get out of their bushes, honey, we have to.. no, stand here with me...!" get the kids OUT of their house...
    :) maybe when mags starts school baby O. and i can start up again.

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