Today, I woke up feeling fed up of all the sadness in the world. I decided to do something about it in my corner of the world.
I took my family shopping for Christmas cookie ingredients, we bought and set up a Christmas tree, and I foraged in our backyard.
The result to the foraging was a Christmas stand at the road side. This is a very typical thing to do in Canada. People cut flowers, pick apples, cut holly, gather pine cones, etc., and sell them at the road side for a nominal fee. In some parts of Canada, you may even find home backed goods, bags of potatoes, lobster traps, home-made jam.
I encourage my children to mind the stand--if they do a good job of displaying the items, more will sell, and they can keep the proceeds! A good lesson I think.
The goal here is not to make money, but to create a connection with passers by. When setting up, people honk while driving by--to say "Good for you!" Once finished with set up, many people stop to say "hello," to ask about the garden, to comment on the Christmas decorations, etc. I bet some do not even use the things they buy. They just wanted a reason (an excuse) to say hello and chat for a few minutes. To create a sense of community.
I love to do this. It is worth the holly pricked skin. I love the connection!
Dr Jillian Roberts