Opening our mail is pretty boring. Besides my craft store coupons and the occasional woodworking magazine for Matt, we usually get junk mail and pay stubs. So it was a pleasant surprise to discover an envelope simply labeled “Matt and Haley” hidden among our usual nothingness.
Remember this post? I never thought in a million years that sharing our veggies would mean so much to someone. When I decided to open our produce up to everyone, it was mainly because I wanted to get rid of the stuff. Also I secretly long for a southern “friendly neighbor” vibe. Ya know what I mean. People borrowing sugar, offering cups of tea, hanging out on their front porches. I think, deduced to its simplest state, I want people to know I’m approachable. “Mmhhmmm, we need another egg” or “Mmhhmmm, we need a lawn mower…who should we ask? Oh I know, Matt and Haley on the corner.”
This card really meant a lot to me. A gesture I won’t ever forget. In it, they thank Matt and I for adding to our neighborhood’s community. Our garden quickly became their daughter’s favorite spot to stop and munch on tomatoes after their long summer walks. They also included a nice gift card to one of my favorite Portland spots. What a compliment! I wasn’t expecting that at all. So James, Jen and Ellie, if you read this, thank you, thank you, thank you.
A thought came to me. There are a lot of people who do great things around me. They probably aren’t expecting any type of “thanks” simply because of the nature of what they’re doing. Even if it’s something I see from afar…why haven’t I thanked them? We can’t all give gift cards to everyone we want to thank, and that’s okay. While I loved the gift card, it’s the words they wrote that spoke right to my heart. I’ll remember those words when I’m tending to my garden years from now.
So I gotta go. I’ve got some cards to write. My guess is you do too. Let’s get at it!