Let me share a couple things that happened yesterday. They aren’t biggies in the grand scheme of things. In fact, they are pretty ordinary. Still, I think they reflect the Simple Life pretty well.
A month ago I planted a whole bunch of bulbs. I love to plant stuff. Long ago we were all hunters and gatherers, and then we became farmers. I have ancestors who were farmers; my grandparents had a corn farm in Iowa and lost it during the Great Depression, so I have a special place in my heart for the farming life.
There is something about the smell of fresh dirt and the feel of it between your fingers….but my greatest thrill is seeing new plants break the ground and reach for the sun, and that’s what happened yesterday. The first of those bulbs broke through the top of the soil, and I instantly smiled. Soon all fifty of them will be above ground, and in a couple months there will be a profusion of color in our yard, and I will smile then too.
Then yesterday afternoon I got an email from a former student. Steve is 33 years old now and has a family of his own, and he emailed me and wanted to know if it would be alright to bring a little girl over to see the baby chicks we have. The little girl suffers from some disease and Steve said it would mean a lot to her if she could spend some time with the little babies.
Are you kidding? Bev and I immediately started cleaning the house because let’s face it, that’s what we all do when we know company is coming. At six o’clock our company arrived, and you should have seen the smile on the face of that eight year old girl when she held the baby chickens. Bev sat down on the floor with her, and the two of them spent about half an hour naming all the chickens. By the end of the visit I had tears in my eyes.
It was so simple to bring joy into the life of this little girl who has had to struggle with her disease. So simple!
I suspect we all know someone who could benefit from a simple act of kindness.