A couple of weeks ago, on a visit to the blog Behind the Gate, I read my friend Gayle’s words: “Some years the tree produces more than even our family can eat and put up. This is one of those years. I gathered a huge basket, and there is still more left on the tree. A friend whose husband is unemployed is coming by soon to get a large bag for her family.”
Gayle was referring to an old pear tree that has produced fruit and provided nurture for families for over a century. As I read her words, I thought of this upcoming Creative Caring series … and made a mental note to include her story.
Sometimes we are blessed beyond anything our own family can enjoy … and then we are blessed to be able to share with others. Sometimes, as in Gayle’s case, it turns out to be someone who really needs what we have to offer.
Other times, we can actually PLAN to have excess. When planting our flower gardens, Renaissance Man makes sure he plants many more flowers than we can possibly enjoy ourselves. Instead, he intentionally plants so we’ll have plenty of cut flowers to share with neighbors and elderly friends in our community.
I have yet to meet someone whose day isn’t made a little more special when they receive a vase of flowers.
I always keep a supply of clear glass vases on hand (from Goodwill or Dollar Tree) so we can fill them with blossoms and give them away. Other ideas: take your excess flowers to hospitals, nursing homes, schools, churches, city offices. Just a little advance planning … and a green thumb … and creative caring can take place with very little effort or expense.
If you have excess fruit or vegetables in your garden, is there a community food pantry in your area that would love to occasionally have fresh produce to pass out along with non-perishables? I’ll bet there is!
What other things could we plan to have in excess … so we can share them?
This post is part of a 31-day series. To read previous posts, go HERE.