The change you wish to make

Archived | February 20, 2013 | By

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. We’d just gotten in from a day out and about, and it was nice to sit awhile with some hot chocolate and a plate of cheese and crackers. I’m not a big fan of shopping but it is enjoyable every now and then, depending on what you’re seeking and with whom. This time around it was my son and me, and we were on a mission: items for the school drive to help out Haiti. Shoes, soap, baby wipes, Ziploc bags, latex gloves. Not a problem.
What I was surprised by, really, was his earnestness about the shopping trip itself. He set aside his schoolwork, video games, cell phone, movies — all of it — for a stretch of time with me looking for things for children far away. It was his thoughtfulness that put a lump in my throat. We were at a consignment shop, and he looked over all the shoes, holding up each pair and turning it over, checking for tears or stains, before he carefully chose six pair and put them into the basket. “I feel bad,” he said. “Why?” I asked. “Because we could be taking these away from someone here who could use them.” I explained that there will always be people who need and always people who can give. “Yeah,” he said. “But still.”
He wants to save the world. I did once. I still do. It’s a challenge to walk the rope bridge over the canyon between the change you wish to make and the change you can. Imagine if every person on the planet sent six pair of shoes. Imagine if we each sent one. Imagine if I could harness the warmth I felt as I watched my son examine every kind of soap in the soap aisle, and at last choose one, and ask, “Can we get 20 bars? Please?” My gosh. Of course. Not enough for the world, but for a tiny piece of it, to be sure.
More snow is on its way. Get out the board games, and consider this for the evening meal. Comfort is as comfort does, and cross your fingers for a snow day.
Four Cheese Macaroni Bake
1 lb. elbow macaroni, cooked
½ cup macaroni water, reserved
2 oz. Mozzarella cheese
2 oz. sharp cheddar cheese
2 oz. Swiss cheese
4 T grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
4 oz. melted butter
Put cooked macaroni into buttered square baking dish. Cut cheddar and Swiss cheeses into small slivers; mix together. Add to macaroni; toss lightly. Mix butter and hot water together; pour over macaroni. Sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake at 400 degrees about 15 minutes. Makes 4-6 servings.