71 Days

What I did during my summer vacation…

Day 35: Sister Work Fun

“Help one another, is part of the religion of sisterhood.”
~Louisa May Alcott

I’ve shared this with a few folks, but as I can share more here, let me tell you about our Livingston Sisters Help club (as I recently – as in right now – named our little band of worker bees). I could say it all started when I read an article about time banks where you help members with your particular skills and get help with all of the lovely work of home/boat/car/camper owners. An hour in, an hour out – a lovely brand of voluntary socialism (the only way socialism really works is voluntarily by the way-small political rant).
I was intrigued by this not-so-new idea and it reminded me of my childhood with weekends spent building a porch for my Grandma Hudson. All of the Livingston and Poole clans built a porch to house Grandma’s huge collection of plants when she moved from Florida to live near our family in Moncks Corner. I was a kid so I’m pretty sure my contribution was minimal at best, but I do remember the feeling of all of us working together because the work had to be done.
Reviving the spirit of family work days, I suggested my sister Karen, sister-in-law Johnna, mom Kathy and I do monthly work days. So far, we’ve painted my porch ceiling, helped out at the Strawberry Jam at Johnna’s farm and are planning our next project at Karen’s house. Not only are we, “gettin’ stuff done,” we’re also getting some hang out time. Catching up on the minutiae of our lives is important even though we never seem to be able to slow ourselves down enough for a purposeless visit with the people we love the most .
So even if we don’t continue to get lots done, I am looking forward to our next work day. Karen, let’s get it on the calendar and paint that porch. So far so good, and I highly recommend a time bank, festival of family work ethic or Sisters’ Help Club for everyone.

Quote from: http://www.quotegarden.com/sisters.html

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