The Basket Lady
This week’s column’s about nourishing our bodies in gratitude along with a great big thank you to Barbara Murphy at the South Paris Cooperative Extension, Sandra Witas at the River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition, and their dedicated volunteers who plant, prune, and pluck, fresh vegetables weekly for the folks in our community. Their corn on the cob just melts in your mouth and the tart cherries are excellent in a smoothie.
Those Master Gardeners are only too happy to make up a big bag of vegetables for you and they’ll give a delicious cooking demonstration featuring one of the vegetables from the community garden and a recipe, too. Come on down! The distribution site is next to Stanley’s Furniture (back side), on Tuesday’s only at 5:15 p.m., and for more information, please contact Sandra Witas at 364-7408.
In the garden of service, so to speak, the basket lady’s mission statement is: To create a community wide tradition of “Get a basket-Give a basket.” This idea is different from the way that most of us think about the act of giving. For instance, most folks are familiar with the sayings, “Pass it on or Pay it forward,” however, the “Get a basket-Give a basket,” theme puts the focus on the one who gets first, without expectations of having to reciprocate or the one who gets first decides to give (a basket).
It’s all about the getting just because…our human nature longs to be cared for and the soul is uplifted and nurtured by acts of kindness. The next time you are in line at the post office or at some fast food eatery, without giving it another thought, just pay for someone’s postage or their meal. Do your good deed first. Your right actions will make someone very pleasantly surprised, and maybe, they will give someone the opportunity to feel the joy that they did. It’s all baskets of goodness!
The Holy Savior School holds a basket a day in the month of May fundraiser each year and each basket has a theme like Morning Glory, Inaugural Basket, Horizon of Hope, and Love Letters Combo to list a few. Their basket fundraisers are successful and I’m very willing to post flyers all over town for this worthy project, so call on me next year.
Friend, Goodness is not defined by the outward things we do, but by who we are inside. There was never a great individual who was not also patient and compassionate.
We miss your compassion every day, Dot Sanchas! Until then, get a basket, smile and live in the present.