kate5kiwis: going global


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Friday, September 07, 2007

going global

i've been thinking alot about this lately: fair prices, fair trade, fair deal... fair go... fair dinkum...
i really like to *make* pressies for people: it's a gift from the heart, you know. mum and dad have made their own presents for as long as i can remember: beautifully embroidered linen table mats and various wooden items; and traditionally The Gang have made all of our christmas presents for friends and family too: ranging from the story hubby wrote one year.. which was the written version of a bedtime tale he told to the big two kids over a series of weeks when J11 was a wee baby, to the maths game called *Maths Eisley Space Port* (lol yeah, we're Star Wars fans) that he fashioned when D18 was learning his times tables... about ten years ago, to family photos, to various delish edible items, to little hackisack balloon balls filled with rice for the kids and bracelets for the babies. last year we bought
goats and chickens and toilets to give to our family.
and yesterday i was touched again by globality. is that a word?? it is now.

fairness and sharing the love. parents given the choice to educate their children in literacy and numeracy rather than survival and oppression. so when we visited the trade aid shop with the home ed crowd and sat on the floor School Style and listened to the lovely volunteer ladies, i loved hearing the STORIES behind how things are made and the PEOPLE who make them. and then we bought some coffee and chocolate and peppercorns and celebrated the fact that the people who've worked to produce them have been given an honest day's wage and can survive in their communities. did you know that trade aid was set up in NZ when i was four??? it's a NZ initiative. that makes me happy. i have a tendency to go all out with stuff and then drop it after a month or two. but this is a baby steps idea and i'm contemplating trying to buy most of our pressies from global friendly places from now on.
S9 and J11 each got themselves a little bamboo whistle and have been practising Mister Tumnus' tune ever since.


Blogger LeighLeigh said...

Just Love IT - we watched 'Blood Diamond' the other week, and then the next weekend read a very gripping article in the weekend herald about the sweatshops in China, and the world behind our useless and very annoying McDonalds Happy Meal toys, and all the other 'Made in China' stuff that clutters our house.
The problem seems so big, but if lots of little people make a stand, then we become quite a large wall. The Weekly Grind have started using Fair Trade beans, and I have started making note of where things are from - For Emily's 3rd birthday I was really keen to build her a dolls house, the plan got a little lost, but I have revived myself, and might do it this weekend!!

2:53 PM  
Blogger Rach said...

the only McDonalds toy in our house came from LeighLeigh!!!! Glad you're converting her for me Kate;-)

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent post, Kate! We also try to make all of our prezzies, etc. Here. The bulk of our wardrobes are thrift shop finds or resale kids' clothing stores. Why pay full price for a pair of pants that is just as good at 75% off?

Sounds like a great day at the Kiwi House. :)

10:21 AM  
Blogger Sharonnz said...

Preach it, Sista!!

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

that would have been an interesting field trip

10:51 AM  
Blogger LeighLeigh said...

Ah - no conversion required! I'm very happy in my own skin...lol - and there is NOTHING like a McChicken Combo when you are starving! ;o

8:04 PM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

yeah girls, lots to think about...

a maccas chicken combo is the greatest thing in the world - except for a nice MLT - mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe... they're so perky, i love that!!

8:30 PM  

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