So full

January 15, 2007

… of gratitude. And Indian bread pudding. Damn.

largesse.JPGIt’s hard to describe the feeling I had yesterday afternoon as friends and family streamed through the door of Passage to India to fill up on spicy curry and contribute to my upcoming journey. Friends from work and friends from childhood. Favorite family members and mourning Eagles fans. Neighbors and people I haven’t seen for years. People who live around the corner, people from other states, and one dear girl who came by plane from Houston. Curry enthusiasts, curry virgins, and those who loathe curry. My contractor-turned-friend and his awesome wife. Moms of friends, and wait for it… people I’ve never met before.

It’s like being the bride or being at your own surprise party; feeling like you barely had thekara_who.JPG time to catch up with everyone properly before it’s over, and the whole thing is a blur. Can’t believe we forgot to take pictures, but what fun to see all those different people in the same room, filling their plates, (or gingerly picking at some naan) and knowing that they ventured out on that icky, rainy day because I asked for their help and support. It makes me feel like I’m not headed to India solo, to follow a solitary dream, but more like I’m a part of this really large team chasing a goal, and I just happen to be the one out in front with the baton this month. Awesome.

currybowl.JPGCan’t say enough about Amit at Passage to India, and all the guys there– they made this possible, and did so joyfully with kind words and enthusiasm. (Not to mention, treating Damon & I to lunch. Thank you!) And speaking of Damon — I would never have had the courage to even think about taking this trip after last year, much less have at it so soon without his support and encouragement. He was such a champ yesterday, saving me from feeling awkward by taking over the accounting that I felt so shy about, and designing the fun stickers for our guests that you see here. All him. Lucky girl.

Lastly, it’s hard to say how thankful I am for the wild generosity of everyone who attended yesterday. (And those who couldn’t make it, but sent along a donation in their place!) Humbled by the turnout, and still reeling from the results; you guys went above and beyond. Still working on the math and such, but it looks like I’ll be taking down the “Make a Donation” page of this site within days. Amazing. Thank you, friends. Thank you.



  1. Congratulations, Kara – and Damon! I’m glad it went so well, but not at all surprised. People all over the world care about you and want to contribute in some way to what you are doing to make the world a better place. I’m glad you had fun, too. I wish I could have been there.

  2. Glad to hear that it went so well. Sounds like you got to raise a lot of money AND have fun at the same time – those two don’t go together very often.

    I have to say that I love the “Kara who? …” sticker – cracks me up each time I look at it.

    Maybe don’t take down “Make a Donation” page so that you can get some extra money. Then you can donate not just your time and caring presence but also some extra money when you do get to there (or even buy some goods in India to donate after you arrive there?)

  3. I’m so glad your fundraiser was such a success. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. I’m so proud of you.

  4. I would like to echo the setiments by Harmalicious. I am so happy to hear that your fundraiser was a success. I wish you so much bliss, both in your travels and at home. šŸ™‚

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