There’s a quote I love by Mother Theresa, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” I have always felt that leading with your heart, and the actions that result from it, are investments in others. You could say my garden is an investment in our community.
Macallen is my youngest child and he often gardens with me. There are practical lessons I hope to teach him in this work: learning to be self sufficient, to see the value in growing his own food, knowing where our food comes from, the benefits of healthy eating, and the joy of being outdoors.
But there are larger lessons, too, that our garden can teach him about community: that whatever adversity you face in life you still have the ability to be a contributing member of your community and that we all have a responsibility to serve others with love and compassion.
Macallen is a smart little guy. We have been quietly helping others since he was born and he understands the need to be a part of something bigger than himself. Over the years he has sat with friends at our dinner table and has learned that no one should ever eat alone, especially during holidays. Our family motto is there will always be enough to share.
When Macallen works alongside me I’m not sure he fully understands how his sweet little hands are helping people in need in our community. What he does understand very well for his age is our role in the food chain: that there are people in our community—I refer to them as earthbound angels—who are meant to be helpers for others who need a hand up, not a handout.