two months ago, susan reynolds found out she had breast cancer, and she started posting about it on twitter. all the twitterers flocked around her in a beautiful show of friendship and support.
what about the peas? susan discovered that frozen peas were ideal in helping keep the post-surgery pain down. so she twittered about it. and thus, the humble pea started on its way to becoming a symbol of people fighting cancer online, together.
so a little while ago, frozen pea friday was started. you can donate the price of one, two or more packs of frozen peas to the frozen pea fund, a fund for breast cancer research – but it’s more than that: it’s a show of support, a real YES! to community.
and since it’s chinese new years and i know that my readers enjoy chinese love poetry, here’s a chinese pea love poem by poet, musician and painter wang wei of the tang dynasty:
in southern lands, love peas grow,
sprouting sprigs in time of spring.
pick the peas, i implore you,
seeds of romance they are so.
let me offer you peas of love and support, dear sister susan; may abundant health sprout for you this spring.
(painting by yan li)