I really like giving back, it makes me feel good, and I feel like my little bit, however small can help. I have never been much of a PTA mom, and my attention span is spotty at best if I agree to woman a table, or fundraise for an important cause. I yearned for another way.
I am fascinated by the screen printing process and have always made do with bits of cardboard and my imagination. I jumped at the opportunity to purchase a professional screen press from a friend last year. It is one of a kind and quite quirky, like me. The components and ink sprawl throughout my small basement, but also fill a need. Instead of shying away from the bake sale or the volunteer gig I can offer a service to organizations by donating my skills at my convenience. Perfect!
If you are a reader of my blog, you know how I feel about reproductive rights. preterm is an organization here in Cleveland that has been providing “safe, compassionate sexual health care” for over 40 years. I attempted to sponsor a bowling team a couple of years ago, we raised some decent money, but it is not where my talents lay, so I offered my services.
I was a little overzealous and agreed to a task above my current skill set, which is just how I do things (sigh). After deciding on the design and actually figuring out how to line up two different colors on the back and the front, I knocked them out. The Associate made an apperance or two in the basement full of questions as usual, and we opened up an age appropriate conversation about reproductive rights. They are not perfect. I did save preterm a bunch of money on printing costs, I expanded my abilities, and I planted a seed in the mind of my smallest child. It is one my dreams to be able to open up this little press to the public to help promote important causes in our community in healthly and clever ways. I’ll keep you updated.
go to the website to learn more about this amazing organization.
I went to a fancy private school. I had a loving home, and family. I had health insurance. I had health class. I had a job. I even had a doctor, but I was little too old to go to my male pediatrician that I had been seeing since birth. I had many important questions. I called and made an appointment at Planned Parenthood. I had my questions answered in a clear, caring, non judgemental fashion. I paid a small fee to cover the costs, because I could and left feeling in control of my own body and life. I continued to utilize the services of Planned Parenthood for ten years. I am still abortion free because of it. This is an extremely important service that should always be available, to everyone.
I remember the day I found out I was pregnant. I remember it vividly. I was 28 and fresh off of NYC, living in a three bedroom apartment, in Wilmington NC. Those who questioned my choice of apartment didn’t understand the closeness of NYC. I rented three bedrooms so I could breathe and because it was 500.00. I was most recently paying 1500.00 for one bedroom 20 minutes outside of Manhattan. I gleefully moved in, spread out and suddenly had room for a new choice.
The circumstances were not ideal, the road ahead wasn’t at all clear, but the choice was mine. Could I put this being’s well-being ahead of my own for, well…. ever? ? ? Me alone in the bathroom with a stick covered in pee, could answer that question definitively almost immediately. I felt that space in my heart and soul could be rented out permanently. I knew that if I was not able to give it the best of me, I had options. It is because of these options that I could willingly and excitedly make that choice.
Imagine the same scenario, but that young woman doesn’t have a choice. It can become forced, coerced, unwanted. Months later that child is brought into this world by a woman who didn’t get to decide those answers for herself. The consequences are unknown.
The now Teenager and I have a great relationship, I trust her, and she trusts me. I respect her and she respects me in return. She isn’t the cleanest person in the world, but she is kind, self-assured, smart and emotionally intelligent. I looked at her the other day and said “I am glad I didn’t abort you.” she replied “thanks mom!” I put everything I could into that human, let’s make sure she has the same choice.