Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Alyson --Living My Five

Well, the last two weeks have been crazy/busy, what with preparing for the Shadowland release next week, and wrapping up the first book in the new, Immortals series spin-off, I've been seriously home bound and pretty much chained to my computer (figuratively speaking).

But, since I knew when I committed to my Five that that would pretty much be the case, that a lot of my Five would take place right here at home, I wasn't daunted, and I soon found a way to commit a random act of charity right from my desk.

And it just so happens to involve, appropriately enough, Thanksgiving. A holiday, which, I'm going to be completely honest here and say, has never been one of my faves.

And it's not the giving thanks part--because I love that.

It's also not the getting together part either--because I love that too.

It's more, well, the food part.

I'm just not a fan of the bird. And pumpkin pie has never been my desert of choice. And please, don't even get me started on stuffing and gravy. (And no, this has absolutely nothing to do with my mom's cooking, because if anyone can make a tasty meal it's her!)

It's just me.

And as far as I can remember, that's just the way it's always been. In fact, it actually stems back even farther than I can remember, all the way back to my due date, which, all those eons ago was set for Thanksgiving Day. But nope, I was so not having that. So I dug in my heels (so to speak), and hung in there for an extra week, til I was sure the last traces of leftover turkey sandwiches would be gone, and it was safe to come out and greet the world within the warm confines of December.

That said, I am very well aware that my choosing to not particularly care for certain meals, is an absolute luxury when so many people are going hungry. And so, this Thanksgiving, I've donated enough money to provide 50 meals to those who would otherwise go without.

And you know what? It not only made me feel thankful that I was in a position to do it, but it also made me vow to revisit my position on pumpkin pie . . .

I'll let you know how that goes!

What about YOU?

Are you Living Your Five?


  1. That's so nice, Alyson! I actually adore Thanksgiving food (I've never met a carb I didn't like *g*) so I think it's fabulous that you made it possible for others to enjoy that special meal even though it's not your personal fave to eat. Kudos to you!

  2. Serving others is a prioriy for me too! My students are assisting with a food/clothing drive for our local homeless shelter. We will gather the items and deliver them next week. It's that direct contact that helps them realize that some people don't have jackets... or food... or a home.
    We all leave humbled and thankful for the many blessings we have. ;-)

  3. Alyson, what a wonderful way to remember the true spirit of the holiday ... being thankful for what we have, and sharing that "thanks" with others. You've inspired me to do the same!
    Elizabeth :-)

  4. Thanks, Kay- I love me a carb too, just, oddly enough, not Thanksgiving carbs . . .

    Mrs. Duncan- You continue to amaze me with your generosity and drive! I've said it before and I'll say it again, your students are so very lucky to have you!

    Hi Elizabeth- Awesome! There really is much to be thankful for!

    Thanks Book Owl! :-D

  5. we try to adopbt a family with kids from the local homeless shelter every year for xmas. TO help them have a nice xmas. I love what you've done this year :) so do you have a dinner at all and if so what do you serve? maybe ham?