I live alone with my preschooler in an off-grid cabin on a remote island off the coast of British Columbia.
"Don't wish me happiness I don't expect to be happy all the time....It's gotten beyond that somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor. I will need them all." Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Oranges for a knife
I put out these oranges in my sitting room to add some colour. Seeing them reminded me of the experience I had the last time I went to town. That day as I drove the forty minute drive I contemplated the stickers I had in my purse. I knew that after I finished my grocery shopping I would have enough for a free paring knife. But I asked myself, Did I really need another one? Wouldn't it be better to give it to somebody else? I began to contemplate how I would go about doing that. As I shopped in the produce section I saw 10lb boxes of oranges. I couldn't help but inhale their delicious scent and notice their expensive price. "They will be marked down Friday," the employee said helpfully as he stacked heads of lettuce. "Oh," I said, "I cannot come back." "That's not a problem," he said pulling out a felt marker. You will get the sale price today." "Thank-you," I said pleasantly surprised. After I had paid for my cart full of groceries and received my stickers I turned to the three people standing behind me. "Would anyone like a paring knife?" I asked holding up the stickers and voucher. It made me smile. I had tried to make somebody's else's day better but I only received more in return. My experience reminded me of the bible verse, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35