Thursday, June 5, 2008

A Crunchy Tribute


Last week, Crunchy Chicken unexpectedly hung up the keyboard, citing personal stresses and blogger burn out among other reasons. She popped back up the next day, with a new post, but that is beside the point . . . or maybe that is the point.

This blogosphere is a community. It may seem strange to read that, given that we've never seen each other, couldn't recognize one another in an empty room and seem connected only by cords and cables. We are connected by something more, though. The desire to build a better world for ourselves, our children, our families. The drive to create change and to push ourselves beyond our own comfort zones. The yearning for a place to feel at home.

By posting again, after her farewell message, Crunchy showed that she was at home in the blog community she helped build, felt safe enough to change her mind but also to reclaim time for herself.

It is no secret that I admire Crunchy, not in the scary stalker way (I promise! really!), or even in the "she's the most popular girl in the blogosphere" way. Rather, to me, she is a role model. Someone who proves that anything is possible. Someone who erases the self-doubt and the "what can one person do" questions littering our eco-consciousness.

Crunchy has inspired a fair amount of change in the blog world over the last year. She's convinced hundreds of people to turn down their heat, switch to a Diva cup, and stop shopping. She's amused me with "movie" posters of Beth (Fake Plastic Fish) and Chile as Bond girls, titillated me with eco-hotties and made me cry with her strength in the face of her husband's battle with cancer. She's impressed me with her creation and management of a foundation that provides African teens with reusable menstrual products. More than anything, though, Crunchy has made me believe in myself, in my vision and abilities, made me believe that I, as one person, can do almost anything.

As much as I believe in myself, though, I've also learned that, while one person can accomplish miracles alone, they shouldn't have to. That is what community is for - to support each other's dreams, shoulder some of the burden when possible and share the joy. In celebration and acknowledgement of Crunchy Chicken, the blog world is launching A Crunchy Tribute today. We hope to raise $5,000 in cash and reusable pad donations for Crunchy Chicken's foundation, Goods 4 Girls, and thereby support our very own superhero as she endeavors to single-handedly curb over-population, keep African girls in school and rid the world of disposable menstrual products. Crunchy, here's to you!

Come join the party over at A Crunchy Tribute, support Crunchy Chicken and demonstrate that we are doing more than "blogging". We are building a community.

16 comments:

arduous said...

God damn it GB, it's too early in the morning for me to start crying! Beautifully written. And Crunchy, we love you!

Chile said...

Arduous is right. We can always count on you to right beautifully. Just like you can count on me for the snarky, irreverent version. ;-)

Thanks for spearheading this, you two!

Burbanmom said...

Beautiful post Green Bean. Thanks for eloquently wording what I was trying to sputter out! :-)

Beany said...

Ditto what burbanmom said. Thanks for putting this all together...I feel like I have a bloggy family now :)

Crunchy Chicken said...

You guys are all awesome. Thanks so much for arranging this. My cockles have been thoroughly warmed this morning!

MamaBird said...

So beautifully written - and I so agree about the power of community (and that chicken). Thank you so much for getting me to think through just why it is that I feel so empowered by Crunchy and this entire ecoblogging community.

CindyW said...

Thanks for making up for my not "so nice" tribute :)

She is awesome, she is wicked, and she kicks major butts.

gina said...

What a nice post and a great way to describe the undescribable nature of the e-relationship.

Melissa said...

like burbanmom said, that's kind of what I was thinking but yours sounds better :) thanks for all the hard work to get this together!

Fake Plastic Fish said...

Hey Green Bean, I say we stalk Crunchy Chicken, kidnap her, and bring her down here to the Blogher Conference in July so we can prove to CindyW that she really is just one person. And to make everyone else jealous!

Crunchy, do you warm the cockles before applying the wax or after?

;-)

Beth

Green Bean said...

Oh, I love you girls! Isn't this such a great little community we have?

And, Beth, we are so ON for kidnapping Crunchy and taking BlogHer by storm!

eco 'burban mom said...

Yeesh, GB, I drop off the radar for two days and there is a crunchy-revolution going on! You all mean so much to me, so I don't even know where to begin. I will try... tomorrow. After I get some sleep. This was the last week of school. I have 4 kids. I can't think to blog straight right now! :o)

Going Crunchy said...

Oh, that is amazing.

I love reading her for her plain 'ole honesty and straightforward yet humorous take. She encourages you to do more, yet doesn't pound on you if you aren't. A motivator.

I'll be popping over! Shan

eco 'burban mom said...

OK - I donated, I posted a tribute and I sniffled a bit. You are an amazing writer!!

Green Bean said...

EB: Don't worry. There will be plenty more to come. You can't drop off the radar forever . . . we will find you. But send me an email at greenbeandreams (at) gmail (dot) com so it will be easier to track you down. And thank you! Glad to have made you cry. ;-)

Shannon: Great point. Crunchy is a motivator but not a judger. She pushes us but doesn't think less of us if we just can't do it.

Michelle Verges said...

Thanks for organizing the Tribute for Crunchy. And I appreciate your note about everyone putting a drop in the bucket so that it will overflow. Hopefully, that's exactly what will happen!!

:0)
M

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