Nothing Gold

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay. -Robert Frost

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I am a white American middle class suburban housewife trying desperately to tell herself that that is not who she is. One time I was a glowing young ruffian. Oh my God it was a million years ago.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Bah Humbug

In an attempt to buy less meaningless crap this Christmas I'm been browsing some fair trade and human rights-type websites for my Christmas shopping. While I realize that the point of this is not to make me feel good, man does it make me feel crappy. Would I really rather buy this jewelry for a relative than the things they offer as alternatives like High efficiency stoves for Darfur refugees or help for cyclone victims in Bangladesh? Seriously? What the hell is wrong with me?


Blogger Liz said...

I don't think there is anyting wrong with you. A big part of gift giving is making the people we love feel good and letting them know they are, in fact, loved. I think that is good and nobel. Purhaps you could find the happy middle - instead of giving the earings and the necklace - give the necklace and a stove in their name?

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