“Believe there is good in the world.” Ghandi
A couple of weeks ago liZ and I had the opportunity to attend ALT summit held in Salt Lake City where we were asked to host a roundtable discussion on one of our favorite things that we do on our blog, “Skirting the Issue.”
Here is the printable we used (right click to save it as a jpg…it’s a 5×7) so you can print them out at home too.
We made our theme for the class and the conference, “be the good.” Because that’s what we truly feel about skirting the issue. It is truly the good in the world. We had no idea when we started the project 4 years ago that skirting the issue would be so near and heart to our hearts. But the more we do it, the more we learn about the women who are behind the sewing machines who are sewing skirts for girls they have never met.
Here’s a story—but I promise it applies. I was pretty much a nerd in high school but my dream was to be in the National Honor Society. Part of the application process was to write an essay to apply to get in. I applied my junior year and much to my-hopeful-high-school-self—I didn’t get in. The feedback was that my essay wasn’t good enough, and my leadership skills weren’t good enough. You see, I wasn’t one of those high school students that was in the lime-light, I wasn’t the leader. I was the background flower who attended meetings and helped at service events with student council…but I honestly don’t even think that people even would remember that I was there.
I remember crying about my devastation of not getting in my junior year. And I was talking to my parents about how sad I was, but they encouraged me to try again my senior year. So I did. But I fretted and stewed about that essay for many weeks, until I decided what I could write about. So I wrote an essay about being in the background…
I wrote about not being the student in the lime-light and always in charge, but I wrote how that in a beehive there was always a queen bee…and then there were the drones. Yes, the queen probably gets a lot of attention in the hive, but I think the real credit goes to the drones. Then I wrote how I was a drone and although people couldn’t always remember that I was at the event that hopefully my work made a difference.
And with some artful editing from my parents (I still love that my dad stayed up late to edit and probably re-write half my essay–I am still not a great writer) I got into the National Honor Society my senior year.
But the thing that I remember most from that event is not the fact that I got my dream…I honestly can’t remember that much of what we even did in the National Honor Society—I remember the story of the drones and the queen. And that good worker-bees are what truly make an event, AN EVENT.
I guess that whole long story is to tell you that that is how I feel about skirting the issue. I am just so thankful that there are so many worker bees, women who are sitting alone in their sewing rooms, sewing so many magnificent skirts for girls who need a little extra love. YOU are who make the event. Really you are.
I know a lot of you think that you did very little to contribute—but it’s just not true. Every skirt counts. It really does.
And that is what we talked about at ALT…
We talked about all of you. We told the story of the girls from the youth village who sent the kindest thank you notes for the skirts they have received. We told the story of the beat up, old package of one skirt that we received from an inner city from a woman who was sorry that this was all she could give.
We talked about you….
so, thank you.
And because we couldn’t bring you all along with us, we brought some of ALT home to one of you. We have a small box of fun stuff and swag that we got that we would love to give away, including one of our “be the good” notebooks that we had printed.
All you have to do is leave a comment below…and you are entered! We will pick a winner next Monday morning.
And lots of love to you all for supporting skirting the issue….really.
~Elizabeth (and liZ)