one small change :: our february recap

by eringoodman on March 5, 2010

in community, farms + food

In February as part of the One Small Change project, we gathered.

We hosted potlucks and enjoyed after-dinner charades in our living room, which thanks to our One-Small-Change-inspired decluttering in January we could comfortably do.

We savored the beauty of relaxing among friends who are happy to pitch in and help tidy up toys and shoes that didn’t quite get put away before they arrived.

We showed up on friends’ doorsteps with a loaf of bread or a bowl of hummus and spent the night feasting on homemade cheese, salad, chili, casseroles and carrot cake.

We drank home-brewed beer and swapped sources for the free-range eggs and fresh milk. We talked about CSAs and summer garden plans and started planning a multi-family camping trip while our children laughed and romped and played.

We left our gatherings with full bellies and joyful hearts and then quickly made plans for the next gathering because pooling resources and spreading the work of cooking and child-minding around by gathering is One Small Change that makes a world of difference!

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Happy weekend friends. Go forth and gather.

 

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Hillary March 5, 2010 at 9:22 am

Erin! First of all–that first photo is gorgeous!!!!!

Secondly, I love that you gathered as your one small step for change.

Absolutely love it :)

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kendra March 5, 2010 at 9:41 am

yes, lovely photos! we miss having friends so very close that gathering was inevitable. making gathering happen is a wonderful change!
.-= kendra´s last blog ..belated w.i.p. wednesday =-.

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Kate March 5, 2010 at 9:53 am

Erin, your family would DEFINITELY mesh with my family! (and we’re starting to brew our own beer!)
.-= Kate´s last blog ..My Everyday Magic 03/05/2010 =-.

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Ivy March 5, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I love gathering with friends and I especially like how you made that your One Small Change. Pooling resources is great, and so is the camaraderie.
.-= Ivy´s last blog ..Parent Discussion Topic: Sex =-.

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renee @ FIMBY March 5, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Great photos Erin. I hear you. Gathering is very important. Just tonight we had our farmer and her husband over for supper. We’ve been share holders at their farm for almost 6 (?) years and although we’ve been in their home for winter meetings and have tromped all over their farm they’ve never been here.

It was such a nice evening of homemade food and wine and after dinner cards with our kids sitting on laps or playing chess. It was just lovely. Of course I have no pictures but I do have nice memories.

Gathering is one of those community building endeavors that takes time and (for me) feels a bit burdensome preparing for but is always worth it during and after. I think I especially get this way in the winter. Want to crawl into my cozy hole but I need to reach out and connect, even if I don’t know it!

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Viola March 6, 2010 at 8:09 am

I like your approach of getting together and sharing food, cooking, childcare, play and fun. I have some friends with whom I can do that, but they don´t live in the area I live right now. But I know what you are talking about and we did that when I lived with my partner in Munich. In Berlin when I started studying it was easier, towards the end everybody was so individualistic that it was very hard to let it just happen- but there were occasions where it worked out. Now I moved to Stuttgart three weeks ago and started Waldorf teacher training and our class is still involved in community building and role finding processes. But some relationships might become friendships and maybe it will be another possibilitiy for “gathering” again- unfortunately, some students have their families further away and don´t commute every day but at weekends and during the week we all are pretty busy studying and preparing for the next day….we will see. I think gathering with more generations involved – at least parents/people of parenting age AND kids, maybe grandparents/people of grandparent age is most fun!!!
Thanks for your ispiring post!
.-= Viola´s last blog ..GardenMama- another great "Welcome spring"-giveaway =-.

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MamaBird March 6, 2010 at 8:18 am

Lovely! The importance of gathering has been so great to me this past month too. I’ve witnessed my community gather together to support a dear friend who contracted a rare and life threatening infection just after birthing her third baby. We have gathered to pray. We have gathered to feed the family. We have gathered to watch the children. We have gathered to nurse a newborn. We have gathered to cry tears of sadness and fear and, finally, relief. As a community, all this gathering helped a miracle occur.
.-= MamaBird´s last blog ..Simple Delight :: Peeks of Spring =-.

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6512 and growing March 6, 2010 at 11:14 am

That all sounds so sweet Erin. Gathering with friends to eat good food and laugh and talk is so nourishing. I am happy for you!
.-= 6512 and growing´s last blog ..First thaw =-.

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Denise March 6, 2010 at 7:51 pm

awesome about your new gig! gathering is something we should do more. love that photo
.-= Denise´s last blog ..I wasn’t going to tell anyone =-.

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pennie March 7, 2010 at 11:13 pm

this is such a wonderful idea…gathering…i really love the idea of sharing food. good food. our april small change is going to be decluttering because we almost can’t deal with it all anymore. i mean where on earth does it all come from?!
.-= pennie´s last blog ..a moment =-.

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Katherine March 8, 2010 at 6:56 pm

I have bumped into the ‘One Small Change’ movement a few times and think it is a wonderful idea. I believe that everyone can and does make a difference to the world. I have not been able to truely come up with something that I could say that I do and sustain it to make a difference. The fact that you are making your change “gathering” is beautiful and inspiring. It makes a difference in your world. Indeed there is a ripple effect and that in turn affects those around you. I know my weekly dinner dates with friends after swimming helps to sustain me. I am a single parent of two little girls and meeting with other adults of like mind even once a week helps to keep me on a more even keel. Thanks for sharing that and helping me to see that in a different light
.-= Katherine´s last blog ..Girls to the right. Gents to the left =-.

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Kyce at Old Recipe March 13, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Ah the goodness of bringing a bit of wholeness and connection back to our often fragmented days. We need each other. Often and regularly. Thanks for the reminder and inspiration!
.-= Kyce at Old Recipe´s last blog ..Thanks to the Dark Nights, Getting Brighter =-.

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