I used this word in my last post. Glut. I used it without even thinking and then I thought, “Is glut a word?” I was excited to see that it was:
glut [ɡlət] NOUN – an excessively abundant supply of something.
VERB (be glutted) – supply or fill to excess.
Not only is it a word, but I believe that I used it correctly! Wow! OK, so it’s a real word and apparently, it is a real problem at my house. I believe that I have a glut of pens in my junk drawer, a glut of jeans that don’t fit in my closet, a glut of ketchup in my pantry. WHY? Where does it all come from and how do I get rid of it?
This weekend I am blessed to get to host Dr. Maudlin Mesedieu. A physician I met in Haiti. He will be spending a couple of nights in our guest room downstairs. The room is adequate and knowing that Haitians aren’t a pampered sort, I’m sure my home will be fine for him. What concerns me is the fact that he will have to walk past the open shelving I refer to as my second pantry. On these shelves are the duplicate grocery items that I have that won’t fit in my overfilled upstairs pantry. An extra box of rice, multiple cans of green beans, and enough cake mixes to go into the cupcake business. I’m embarrassed or more accurately, ashamed that he will see the glut on these shelves. The food that is sitting unused on my shelves could feed his village for a week. Not his family, his village. He comes from a place where the fortunate people have a meal once a day and sometimes have to wait and eat every other day and then there are the less fortunate who aren’t even able to have that.
When I mentioned my discomfort with this situation, my daughter suggested we hang curtains over the shelves….even a 12-year-old knows that we have too much and should maybe try to hide it.
There is not much I can do about the food situation in Haiti and I certainly can’t ask Dr. Maudelin to put a can of black beans in his suitcase, but I can donate some of my surpluses to the local food cupboard.
My husband has told me that we should be “uncomfortable with how comfortable we are.” I think it’s official. I am. In case you haven’t heard, I have a newfound passion for the country of Haiti and one community in particular. I have friends in Mombin Crochu , Haiti who need me….who need us. So, if you ever find that your glut is making you uncomfortable, give me a call, we will try to figure out a way to have you pitch in and make a difference in a country that speaks a language that probably doesn’t even have a word for “glut.”
Check it out: Hearts4Haiti.org
Note: This blog was written in October and published in January. We had a lovely visit with Dr. Maudelin and unfortunately, we have even more ‘glut’ to start the new year.