Last night I went to a neighborhood soup night.
I’m counting it as a good thing because 1) the soup was good and 2) good things came of it and it made me feel good.
Also, I am not much of a socializer and rarely leave my house, so it was good for me to get out.
Soup Night is this thing a former coworker of mine started with his wife in their neighborhood, where they make soup and invite all the neighbors over, whether they know them (agree with them politically) or not. They’ve been doing it once a month for something like 7 years. That is commitment. I’m sure they’ve made some great friendships along the way.
I hadn’t been to a soup night for about 3 years, but I’m glad I went. Politics came up, but it was wasn’t bitter or divisive (although admittedly, people seem like-minded). Soup made it civil, maybe. Someone talked about being involved in a march in Minneapolis at the house of U.S. Bank CEO Richard Davis, to protest the bank’s financing of the fossil fuel industry, including a $275 million credit line to the companies building DAPL.
They used a Valentine’s theme—protesters sent him love notes, and performed a scene from Romeo and Juliet outside his home Feb. 13. I agree with that form of protesting!
I also talked to a nice woman who is helping a Syrian refugee learn English. This refugee has been in the U.S. for 4 years, but his family was just granted entry several months ago—he fled to escape imminent death. He was a Judo instructor in Syria, but now stocks shelves at an Amazon warehouse.
There were tons of other stories, and I even got to share mine about this 100 Days blog and all the great people signing up to do good. All in all, it was really heartening. And the black bean soup was amazing.
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