Days are busy, time is short,
so we often keep our heads down and forge ahead.
An email in my inbox yesterday stopped me short
and reminded me to look up from my life.
My favorite farmer’s market vendor — Twin Springs Farm —
sends a chatty, enticing message each week sharing
the latest news on harvests, both fruit and vegetable.
But, this week’s newsletter is a bit different.
Following the regular farm news, the owners of Twin Springs
dedicate two pages in tribute to a farmer’s market neighbor.
“Bill Preston was a fellow vendor…a couple of decades ago he set up next to me
with buckets and buckets of gorgeous cut flowers.”
Bill “stopped raising cut flowers and planted an orchard”,
focusing on persimmons.
The lovely tribute continued to share details,
both simple and extraordinary.
The message from Twin Springs Farm
reminded me that while our days may be busy,
it is the relationships with others in community
that are the true measure.
When I go to the Farmer’s Market on Sunday,
I will thank the folks of Twin Springs for the news
Next, I will thank them for the gorgeous red, crisp apples
and vibrant green kale and arugula.
There are stories everywhere and we miss them
when we keep our heads down,
buried in our own concerns.
This week, I will keep my head up
to greet my neighbors and
partake of the news all around me.