About a month ago you asked if you could have a “circle mohawk” again. I told you to think about it because you’ve been growing your hair out for so long and I didn’t want you to regret it. On Sunday night I told you I had a hair appointment with Allison the next day. You asked if you could get your hair cut like that again, but you were laying down for bed and not supposed to be talking so I ignored you. The next day you asked twice, so I finally said I didn’t care and that you look beautiful whatever you decide. The last time your hair was like this you weren’t in school yet, I was so nervous about kids being cruel. I walked you to school on Tuesday morning and stayed awhile to make sure everything was going to go smoothly, which it did. When I picked you up you said, “Olivia liked my hair. She said she didn’t want her hair like this, but she liked mine like this. And we’re still friends. That’ just like how I don’t want to have purple hair like Allison, but I love Allison’s purple hair. You don’t have to have all the same stuff as your friends.” Wise beyond your years, baby child. I’m so proud of you and how you have the courage to be exactly who you want to be, despite any other outside influences. While we’re on the topic of gender, when I was at parent teacher conferences a few months ago a mom of this little boy approached me. She told me how he wanted to paint his nails and go to school. She let him. When he came home he said, “Scarlet loved my nails, Mom!” I’ve never been so proud.
These are the kind of people that should be winning parent of the year!
Panera Cares Lets Customers Set The Price
Panera Bread, the nationwide restaurant chain, has opened a new “pay-what-you-can” cafe in downtown Boston, called Panera Cares.
The concept is simple: diners pay what they can afford. So if a meal normally costs $5.00, the customer can pay that price, a little more, or a little less.
Store ambassadors greet customers when they come in to explain how things work, but it can be a little confusing.
“I don’t even know what’s going on. I’m just hungry,” a befuddled customer named Javier said.
Here’s how it works: customers order their food, just like at a regular Panera, but then the cashier tells them the suggested price. Customers can decide how much to pay, and either put their money in a donation box, or tell the cashier how much to charge their credit card.
The Panera Bread Foundation has four other Panera Cares locations in St. Louis, Detroit, Portland, Oregon and Chicago, and the founder Ron Shaich says the system works because the people who can afford to pay more, often do.
“All they have is a responsibility to do the right thing. And you know what’s amazing? So many people do,” Shaich said.
The breakdown of what people pay is about 60-20-20: 60 percent of people pay the suggested price, 20 percent pay less, 20 percent pay more.
Since opening in January, the Panera Cares in Boston has been taking in slightly more than that national average.
Panera officials say the chain already donates about $100 million in food and cash a year. But Shaich wanted to become more involved in the issue of food insecurity – the 50 million Americans and one in four children who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
“This isn’t an issue of simply of homelessness,” Shaich said. “Twenty-five percent of people with food insecurity actually own their own homes, 24 percent are college grads. It’s endemic when you have a country that is 8 to 9 percent unemployment.”
It’s a job requirement that all of the employees at the Boston Panera Cares location understand the issue.
“We’ve all experienced food insecurity one way or another, either personally or we know someone is experiencing it,” said cashier Yetunde Bankole.
Panera Cares workers are also trained to deal with a population that is in need.
This is lovely.
Photographer Lalage Snow takes pictures of soldiers’ faces before, during and after the war in Afghanistan.
I’m so done with this planet
she saved two lives and all they care about is her nipple.
this is sexism, my friends.
This is a tattoo “bra” that a woman (I think in Romania judging from the sites other than Facebook that the photo has appeared on?) had to cover her mastectomy scars, which apparently keeps getting deleted on Facebook for some kind of stupid censorship reason. I think it’s really beautiful.
I love this.
ANNE HATHAWAY - ROLE MODEL
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