Originally Posted by Kindermama
: So, out you mamas who are throwing the stones, what have you given away this year?
Who's throwing stones? Defensive much?
Since you're taking notes, though, here's a short list of what I've given away this year:
1) One infant carseat, new in the unopened box.
2) Two new slings
3) Current edition engineering and science textbooks
4) Phone and gas cards (to servicemember's families)
5) A new breast pump
6) Furniture, linens, and household items to a family whose house burnt completely to the ground
7) Care packages to Afganistant and Iraq - four or five, I've lost track
8) Several dozen tomatoes, squash, peppers from our garden to an underemployed family
9) A sewing machine to a friend who wanted to WAH
10) About a dozen cloth dipes. Flats.
And no, I am not rich. I am a SAHM married to a grad student. And yet we find ourselves with plenty to give.
But this is not the point. The point is that this one mom works hard and enjoys the luck to revel in a lovely surplus. Suggesting how lovely it would be if some where given away is not making the assumption that no giving has ever happened and it is not casting stones and it is not bitter or resentful. It is merely a reminder that we are so fortunate to enjoy such beautiful things and we'd do well not to forget other moms who aren't so lucky. Donate or don't, but flipping out at the suggestion seems to me to suggest that the thought is putting some in an uncomfortable personal place vis-a-vis giving.