When I moved back to Vermont I wanted to get involved with my community so I volunteered my time to a small group that aims to make Middlebury more Merry during the month of December.
Nothing fancy or noble-just little, fun things to create community and get people outside, downtown and into local businesses.
There are cut-outs around town for kids to pose in,
Hot cocoa for 75 cents,
and Santa arrives on the firetruck.
You can bring your presents to be wrapped at a local bar,
Ride ride around town in a horse drawn cart,
and do an I Spy search for 10 little ornaments, hidden in the windows of downtown shops.
My job has been to make the ornaments and arrange for them to be hidden. The 1st year I painted little reindeer
The next year was little snow children,
And this year I decided to paint little Baby Bears in Christmas garb.
I know-it’s too early to be thinking about Christmas–but I had to.
Then the election happened and it’s been hard to concentrate and harder to smile.
I found myself painting very pensive Baby Bears, with safety pins like the one on my sweater in their fur.
I know wearing a safety pin is kind of lame-especially out in the sticks where I live,
and I know I live in a practically all white state, with loads of privilege and 1st world problems,
and I know it is just a little thing to offer as resistance, but I am offering it with all my heart.
I will put my money, my voice and my body to stand up for everyone’s rights and civil liberties.
You are safe with me.