A rant on behalf of my wife. Not that she needs help ranting. She can do a pretty good job -- and did, last night.
Yet, I'm so exasperated by her organizing group. She's part of WILPF. They put on a vigil each year, remembering when the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan. Their vigil incljudes displays showing the impacts of the bomb. Survivors come and talk. They also have displays against nuclear proliferation, whether for war or to generate electricity.
That's the back story. This year, they decided to fete their army of volunteers, the many others in and out of their org, by holding an ice cream social, basically a sundae bar. Another woman would sing while playing the electric piano. It was to be held in the community center. There would also be tea, coffee, and cookies. My wife made raspberry bars and organic vegan gluten-free peanut butter cookies, for those who can't have gluten in their diet.
First, she arrived for the setup and found no parking. She honked, hoping for help unloading from one of the others. No one appeared to hear her. So she went off for parking and ended up over a quarter mile away. So she lugged the portable PA, her cookies, serving stuff, etc, through 85 degree heat over a quarter mile, this person with RA.
Next, the other cookies were just store bought concoctions. The only ice cream flavor was...vanilla. There was no rice or soy substitutes, nothing for diabetics. She said the place was beautifully decorated. They'd obviously put in a great deal of time into that aspect, but into the food and beverages being provided, not so much.
So I'm outraged on her behalf. She vented to me and I sympathized and empathized. I, of course, am equally amazed that so little thought seemed to go into the ice cream selection and thoughts of all the dietary and health limitations put on them. Maybe there's more to the story. And that's the other piece for me. Not my battle. Not much I can do to help her, other than to listen, sympathize and empathize, and feel her frustration. That's just not very satisfying. Those of you with and without spouses, children, and others for whom you help carry their load by being the supportive cheerleader, counselor and therapist, will understand.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com