I remember seeing a clip of hermit crabs exchanging shells with an impressive level of cooperation that's stuck with me. They arrange themselves in a line, smallest to largest, and progressively upgrade to larger, hand-me-down shells one by one. You can view this wonder on youtube.
I'm not going to pretend this is a seamless process. There's a late comer who disrupts this pure scene of cooperation, ousting a crab who'd been patiently waiting their turn, who has to then settle for a shell too small. Yet, overall, the hermit crab shuffle is a sweet model of individuals supporting group growth; each crab shedding what's no longer serving them while sharing it with the next in line.
Alice did that for me a couple years ago when she upgraded to a new ordering system, bequeathing me with her former one. It has served me solidly and helped me pilot Carly's Cupboard in its smallest most vulnerable stages. Alas, recently I began to feel the squeeze of a shell too small, no longer comfortable, hyper-aware of my container's limits. Over the break I safely, with support from other friendly crabs (thank you Lincoln from Sawyer Farm and my ever helpful sweetie Greg), made the transition to a new home for Carly's Cupboard. It feels roomy, and hopefully, will bring more ease to the administrative part of this work for myself, and possibly for others.
I got a couple pokes from former Acorn Kitchen volunteers this week asking for guidance on this or that. It felt like just as I received a new shell, I was being asked to pay forward the tools and that helped me in my evolution.
In this bizarre, confusing, exhausting political climate, amidst a global pandemic, it's more important than ever we keeping sharing, offering kindness and support to one another as we each "level up" to meet new needs and requirements of the moment. Thank you for all you still finding the energy to share your old shells and for those willing to keep growing.
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Carly lives and eats from a hilltop in Cummington, Massachsuetts and part time in Schenectady, NY.