Friday, December 2, 2011

The Grand Hooker Experiment (That's Not Porny At All)

This week we posted something called The Domestic Enemies of the Low Income Mom. It was about Tara, a mom works full time, while pregnant, and raising two kids with her equally awesome husband. They're really broke, despite how hard they work.

That day, people started emailing us, asking for Tara’s address so they could send her something. A business called 2 Chix even asked us if they could send her some free maternity stuff.*

And other people emailed us. Telling us how much they appreciated reading Tara’s story because it was their story too. And like Tara, they’re doing the best they can and loving their kids to pieces and trying to find absurd schmidt to laugh at as much as possible - because what else can you do?

Isn’t that all of us? Isn’t that what all of us do? Isn't that why we're all here on this ridiculous time-suck of a blog? Let’s remember that when we started this thing, Kate had just gotten down-sized and Lydia was starting to get all crazy and post-partumy. We were NOT ok. We’ve both been broke. Lydia spent 5 years living in Section 8 as a kid. We know what it’s like to struggle. To have jobs taken away from us.

The comments and the emails we got made us feel like we wanted to do something. So we’re blatantly copying, I mean - taking a page from another blogger (the amazing Momastery), and trying something. It’s an experiment of trust.

That's complicated for us. Lydia trusts everyone. Kate trusts no one. Lydia believes most people are pretty much awesome. Kate thinks most people should avoid making eye contact with her and go away. Lydia is often sadly disappointed. Kate is occasionally pleasantly surprised.

Here’s the dealio. We trust that everyone who gets on board this crazy train is doing it because they get it – that sometimes bad circumstances eat away at good people. That sometimes little things can make a big difference.

If you need some help this holiday season, email us at:
HelpingHookers@RantsFromMommyLand.com, which has to be the best email address in the history of ever. If that's not enough, here's a lovely picture for you made by -- of course -- Amy of The Famed Pregnant Chicken. [Editor's Note: Oh! We've figured out that, if we turn it into a t-shirt, it'll look like you're getting booby-grabbed by many, many hands. Awesome. -Kate]

You don’t have to explain anything. All you have to do is leave us your name and your mailing address. And what stores are near you. We trust that if you ask us for help, that you’re not just pretending you need it so that maybe you’ll get some free stuff.

If you feel like helping another mom this holiday season, email us at the same place. Ask us to match you up with someone. We’ll send you a name and a mailing address and then you send them a gift card. Walmart, Target, Giant, Safeway, CVS, Toys R Us. No money. Just a gift card. Whatever you can spare. We trust that if you say you want a name to be matched up with, that you’ll actually follow through and do it.

Can you imagine if you couldn’t buy your kid anything for Christmas and then you got a $20 gift card to Toys R Us? Your baby would go from having nothing under the tree to having something. We have no idea if anyone will respond to this. If we’ll 10 emails total or a 1,000. We have no idea if we’ll be able to help anyone. Or if we'll royally screw this up.

But we have a chance to help other moms, even in a small way.

This thing starts now. It ends December 20th (which we guess is the last day people can safely mail stuff before Christmas). And for the record - you don't have to celebrate Christmas to get in on this mofo. Of course not. We just thought that made a good end date.

Let’s see what happens...we'll start pairing you up this weekend! Woot!

xo, Lydia & Kate

*Tara hasn’t returned our emails. She may have had her baby. Or decided that gifts for her kids was more than important than internet this month. Or maybe some of the negative comments scared her off. No matter the case, we heart her, we're grateful to her and hope she’s doing well.



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