Monday, February 9, 2009

gifts from the garden.............

Yesterday I packed up my carefully nutured batch of seedlings, some lettuce, some tomatoes, some marogilds and nasturtiums (not as big a variety as I would have liked but lots of them ) and I dropped them off to a friendly old bloke in a street in a suburb nearby that was hit really hard by the big storm last year. I explained to this complete stranger that I felt so helpless and there was nothing I could do for them at the time but that I planted these and looked after them so that he and his neighbours might have something to plant now that their gardens are somewhat recovered.

I thought he would think I was nuts all these trays of seedlings and then his wife burst through their front door and announced another twenty deaths in Victoria from the bushfires. Then I thought instantly of the floods in North Queensland .... then he hugged me and thanked me and as I drove away he was handing a bunch of seedlings to his neighbour and the woman from across the road.

It seemed like such a clever idea when I thought of it but in the light of all that happened yesteday in our big country it seemed kind of pathetic................

daisymum

9 comments:

Leslie said...

What a super sweet thing to think of doing for someone. My hats off to you. I am praying for all of you. Take care.

Hugs~~~Leslie

Ngaire said...

What a lovely thing to do. It is something that more people need to do. Yesterday I gave all the money I had in my purse to a man who had lost his house in the Bendigo fire. I might never see this man again but I know that somehow I have made a difference and that is what counts.

Anonymous said...

I thnk your kindness to a stranger will be one of the few bright spots in a miserable time for so many. We are in Canberra and we are going to give a decent sum to the bushfire appeal as we have the memories of the 2003 fires gutting Canberra and killing 5

Lyn said...

Not pathetic at all! Any gift of love and compassion is worth so much. And lots of small actions add up to a better society. Well done you!

Kez said...

Not pathetic. A very beautiful gesture.

jacqui jones said...

hey dont think like that
what a fantastic thing to do for someone..:)
but i know what u mean, we r so wishing we could do something right at the moment and not beingin the situation where we can donate cash we were left with a whatcan wedo now feeling

joolzmac said...

Hi Daisymum

if every Aussie made a small gesture like yours, wouldn't everyone be that much better off!

Your generosity of goods and spirit made me cry! True mateship and Love Thy Neighbour! I don't think you're nuts, I think your gorgeous!

-Joolz :)

The Vintage Rose said...

Oh Daisymum it wasn't pathetic at all. Your beautiful act of kindness was truly appreciated and just shows the kind of Aussie spirit we are all proud of. You have done something to help those nearby and many others are helping and will help those in Victoria. I hope the flood victims get help too.

The Tin House said...

no, now way was that pathetic. Good Karma is coming your way.

Lisa x