I’m 10 days away from the 365th recipient. It’s hard to believe. I have met so many amazing individuals through my daily giving as well as through the blog. Letters and comments have poured in day after day giving me telling me how my story has inspired them in some way and offering encouragement to me to make it to the end. That day is now in sight and I find myself reflecting a lot upon the last 12 months. For those of you in the DC area, I hope you will join me on December 14th at Tabaq Bistro which has been so generous in helping make the year-end celebration possible. The festivities get started at 6:30pm.
Today I thought I would share with you a second recipient: Sarah. I met her walking up 20th Street in DC. She said she also lived in Dupont and we shared the next eight blocks together. “I got my hair cut today,” she told me beaming. “I go to a guy named William who works at Ava Salon on Capitol Hill.” She adjusted her blue scarf so as to keep herself a little warmer, “I left my coat at happy hour…I might have had one too many!”
Sarah is a third-year law student at George Washington University. Her anticipated graduation date is May 11 and after that she said she would like to find a job with the US government. “I had an interview recently with a judge in Alaska, but I turned that down – it’s just too far away.” She said she really enjoyed contract law, “and the government has contracts for everything.” Then her mind must have slipped back a few hours to happy hour, “maybe I could practice wine law?” Sounds interesting.
She wasn’t sure what she was going to do with the money. “If this was money I had earned through work,” she started to say, “I’d probably just use it on food , maybe buy lunch with it, but since this came in such a unique and unexpected way, I feel as if I should do something different with it.” I followed up with her this week but haven’t heard from her yet.
I have some other notes that say something about blue grass music and fiddles…but like so many other times, I can’t read my scribbles weeks later when I write up the blogs!
Sarah was so nice. She is one of so many people that I have met through the Year of Giving who I’d like to be able to call my friend. And we’re practically neighbors. She lives a block or two away.
Sarah will be missing the year-end celebration unless she changes her holiday travel plans. She’s got a ticket to Houston, TX on the 13th.