Lock your doors or you will have a drive by fruiting

On Lake Wobegon, Garrison Keller says they never lock their car doors EXCEPT in the summer because someone may leave a zucchini in your car.  Such is the bounty of the gardens. Well, for me, I will keep my car doors open because I love garden vegies (especially tomatoes) and have the opposite of a green thumb.

I was looking forward to sharing the summer garden bounty at cohousing but I had to run away just as harvest came to be.  So I was happily surprised when I found some green peppers and a cucumber at my condo door. I am so pleased that I”m still in a community where you

may be gifted kindness and garden goods.

 I am so pleased that I”m still in a community where you may be gifted kindness and garden goods.

About CJ

I was a Spanish teacher for 5 years in the Public School system in 3 different states. I homeschooled and taught at a democratic free school. I heard about cohousing in 2010 and wanted to move in right away. I met a group building one in 2018 and got to move in the summer of 2019. It only took a year to want out.
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2 Responses to Lock your doors or you will have a drive by fruiting

  1. Flower says:

    “On Lake Wobegon, Garrison Keller says they never lock their car doors EXCEPT in the summer because someone may leave a zucchini in your car.”

    I never listened to Lake Wobegon, although I’ve heard it is good. I also didn’t grow up in a place where people would never lock their car doors. That’s something that I could never relate too. In fact my neighbor forgot to lock their car and when they went to start it the next morning for work a homeless person was sleeping in it. We don’t live in a bad neighborhood, although it’s not Martha’s Vineyard nor a “gated community”.

    I’ve shared from my garden previously. I’ve also shared baked goods, although I do that less because people don’t eat sweets are “vegan” or other restrictive diets for whatever reason and I don’t care to waste my time or energy if people don’t appreciate it, let alone show any kind of grace in their lives. What I seem to find are people who want your money or time, but they want to dictate it, so they destroy a lot of goodwill.

    It’s always nice to experience “kindness”, although I find it rare unless it is someone that expects it from you. I told my partner that it seems the only time one experiences it is from salespeople or people who WANT something from you–they give in order to get or to manipulate a sale or to demand a favor. It happened the other day from a salesperson, otherwise I just don’t hear it. Instead people seem to turn everything into all about themselves. An example that comes to mind is if someone is a mother with little kids, she may say it’s a nice yard, but then immediately turn it into all about her problems and how she doesn’t have time because she’s a “mom”, etc. Those are the types of people that I’ve met and I tend to keep my distance because of it. They know how to suck all the air out of a room and destroy opportunities for kindness and goodwill.

  2. CJ says:

    Maybe we need to teach gratitude again. If someone gives you a baked good, you don’t have to eat it. Just thank them and give it to your coworkers the next day or something. I have my students fill in this sentence every day “something I am grateful for today is …..” Maybe I’m naïve, but I’m trying!

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