The DS106 and DS106Radio community amazes me, pushes me, enthrals me. Repeatedly.
Behind the blogs, animated gifs and audio samples exist some of the most incredible, inspiring and REAL people.
So, when I found out that one of my favourite broadcasters, co-hosts and listeners Alan Levine lost his mother, Alyce unexpectedly, one day after the 10 year anniversary of his father’s death, it was heart breaking. His epic odyssey was put on hold, plans changed and a long drive rerouted from recreational visits to one back to his hometown.
The day he got the terrible call no one wants to receive, he went on #ds106radio and played a tribute to the lovely cookie lady. A repeat broadcast for #ds106radio.
CogDog’s network is a lot wider than DS106 & DS106radio and as some very articulate people have pointed out, Alan shared his mother with us; he shared her loving ideas. Through reading about her and hearing her, we knew her.
Gardner Campbell in his special broadcast, said it so well:
“I’ve never met this woman but anyone of us who have met Alan, we HAVE met this woman and we will continue to meet her. Or anyone in his network which spans the globe knows that his mother lives on for the rest of our lives”
Wow, that’s so true!
It is something simple yet beautiful we could do.
My 11 year old daughter and I made our batch this morning and delivered them to the Humane Society volunteer dog walkers.
There are also stories from even more people who don’t tweet, use Flickr or blog. My Mom loved Alyce’s story so much that she was inspired. She already makes a batch a week for my grandma but now she’s planning on doing an extra batch to give away.
My friend and neighbour Wendy was up visiting a family friend at a remote cottage this weekend. She still managed to bake and send me this email today:
My mom made smarty party cookies for our birthdays rather than cake. Nana’s recipe box was bequeathed to me and I am now the proud maker of these special cookies and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate cog dog’s mom than to share these cookies with someone. Unfortunately, there were no strangers around so (fortunately for him) friend Phil receives the bounty. He promises to tell strangers though.
“Recipe” transcends mere incredients and portion sizes.
My other friend, Wendy (on the other side of Canada) writes:
Recipes handed down form a bridge across which we can travel and visit those long departed. The memories they stir, the love remembered, shared and passed on again every time we pull out our stained copies and begin the familiar motions of preparing them.
It’s so nice to know that Alan is “blown away” by all this cookie love. Through Alan’s network my heart went from broken to warmed. There are some fairly profound connections floating around out there.
@giuliaforsythe So it doesn’t even have to be a special recipe, but could include personal descriptions of the process, the love…
I love how one great idea builds itself into a better one. Just like that.
So, bake cookies. Take pictures. Tweet it. Blog it. Submit the narrative recipe to the StoryBox. Or do it and only tell the person you share the cookies with. However, you do it, just share some of that #cookielove
And there’s no need to limit it to just Sunday September 4 but any day.
Because CookieLove is not a finite resource within a discrete time. Magically, the more love you give the more love you feel. Alyce was a wise woman.