That makes me smile!
It sure doesn’t take long once the weather cooperates. The garden was bare one week and flooded in green the next.
Bev and I go out each night and measure the growth. I know, it sounds weird, but it’s also the truth.
I wonder about a lot of things, like this COVID-19 thing, I wonder if people are going to learn from it, or will our fruit-fly memories forget valuable lessons two years into the future?
The economy isn’t going to get noticeably better for most of us. For many, returning to an “economic normal” may not happen. Money will be in shorter supply. Prices of commodities may rise. Shortages may occur. What will many do? Will they grow gardens? Will they cut down their debt? Will they downsize? Will they look for alternative and supplemental income? Will they learn the art of DIY?
And what happens if another virus appears? Or a natural disaster like a tornado or hurricane or wildfire? And your local economy is shattered again? Are we all willing to bet it won’t happen?
So many questions to consider!
We are on a battleground right now. Our retailers need our assistance, and I’m talking about our local retailers. No, not Costco or WalMart or Starbucks or Amazon – those big retailers/suppliers will survive quite nicely, thank you. Their shareholders might take a little hit on their bonuses, but those corporations will march forward into the future with few concerns.
I’m talking about your local farms and mom & pop stores, those with one foot on solvency and the other on bankruptcy, those who have been hit the hardest by this pandemic. They need us now! They do not have a bailout plan. They do not have mega-investors to save their butts. Most of them barely have the savings to protect them for six months. When restrictions are lifted, they need their community to step up and buy local.
Just my opinion, mind you.
I buy my flavored coffee from a locally-owned coffee kiosk. I refuse to buy from Starbucks, even though it is headquartered sixty miles from my home. I buy fresh produce from Spuds, a locally-owned fruit and produce store. I will not step foot in WalMart. We try to buy as many of our groceries from Ralphs Thriftway, a locally-owned supermarket, rather than Costco. It would take a gun to my head to get me inside Costco. Bev shops whenever possible at the Olympia Farmers Market. Yes, she pays a bit more for their goods, but it’s money well-spent for us.
Does it make a difference? I believe it does, and since it’s my money, that’s all that really counts now isn’t it?
A TRIP TO THE PAST
I can’t help but think about our neighborhood when I was growing up. We literally had a mom & pop store a block from our house. It was a converted home and it was called Field’s Grocery. It was one room, what would have been a living room, and that room had all the staples someone would need in a rush i.e. toilet paper, milk, eggs, sugar, etc. It was run by, appropriately, Mrs. Fields. She was such a kind woman. She knew the names of all us kids, the names of our parents, and she would always give us a piece of penny candy when we stopped by to buy something for our parents.
A block in the other direction was Stanley Meats, a meat market run by two brothers, the Stanleys, of course, two WW2 vets who were butchers. They knew our names as well. They always had candy for us as well.
It was comforting, you know, having those two retailers in our neighborhood. I would be hard-pressed to tell you exactly why they were so important to our neighborhood, but they were, and all nearby families shopped at those two shops because, well, they were part of the fabric of that neighborhood.
Just a thought to ponder.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are you making any changes to your lifestyle based on current events? Just curious what others are doing, you know?
Pax vobiscum to all of you! I’ve got slugs to do battle with.