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February 15, 2007

Why David Shouldn't Leave Me Home Alone

Last night, David went out to the Earle with his dad, as planned. By the time he got home, I had prepared the verbal lesson I'll be teaching at Kaplan on Friday night, as planned, but I had also joined the Sierra Club, which I hadn't planned to do.

I used to be the kind of sucker who would give money to anyone who called or came to the door, simply because I didn't know how to say no. And it is really hard to say no to certain people, like firemen. If I don't support them, are they going to take their sweet time getting to my house when I have a fire? Being a grad student, however, forced me to learn to say no because I just didn't have the money to give. On the phone, it was actually pretty easy -- I could just hang up, but I found it was more effective to say "please stop calling me." That way I wasn't using the n-word, but still getting the point across. I have even said no to people who have come to the door. Last year a man came to the door and I couldn't even understand what he was asking for money for, so I said no and told him to go away.

But last night I felt particularly sorry for the college-age girl out going door-to-door in subzero weather on Valentine's Day evening, so I invited her in. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the Seirra Club because one of their earliest activists, John Muir, was a local hero in California, where I grew up. It also seemed particularly timely that the Sierra Club was at my door because I had just been working on a survey at work that asked about them, so they were already on my mind. And, I have been budgeting $50 a month to give to worthy causes, and they seemed worthy. So I wrote her a check, and she left me with a new member pack explaining that I'll soon be getting Sierra magazine. Now if only I had time to read it!

Posted by eklanche at February 15, 2007 07:38 AM

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