“I’m hoping the AG isn’t just trying to pass this off without taking it seriously,” he said. “If this doesn’t work, I’ll take it down to the federal courthouse and see what the hell they’re going to do. We can’t have any lunatic handing out guns to get votes. I’m not anti-gun, but this is just crazy.”
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At the foot of the mountain, just across from the post office, there is a white canopy. From early morning until people go inside for the day there are two young adults who are peddling fruit and vegetables from that stand. I got to know them at the local fair where they were testing the market.
FRESH PRODUCE signs are on all the corners pointing to this single stand. They told me the woman whose lawn they set up on was willing to have them there because it might draw in customers for her wood furniture which is also sitting on the property.
At the fair I learned that these folks are living with Mom… up from southern California because they lost their jobs. The produce venture depends on bringing in food from across the mountains. They pick wonderful stuff, and display it well.
I’ve been taking them my hand made wood bowls. The fruit looks terrific in them, and they have already sold a couple. I’ll keep taking them bowls and splitting the proceeds with them. They sell out nearly every day, they say. This is entrepreneurial problem solving. It took a humble attitude and a lot of energy to do this. They are working their way into solvency and with a cheerful attitude. I love this couple. He has got a piercing or two on his face, and she looks young. But they both are gracious, polite, well-spoken, and very glad for a chance to “make it”.
My mind goes back to a man who worked in the same corner of a building where I was an advertising manager for a business, years ago. I was young (like the young girl at the fruit stand), and he was a loving Dad to seven children. He told me how his father got the family through the Great Depression. Apples. Apples on a push cart in New York City! My co-worker was proud of his Dad’s strength of character and his hard work to feed a family in New York during those awful years of bread lines and homelessness. The Apple Man’s family was not homeless. They had food. And pride.
I am hoping I can watch a wonderful thing happen with these two young people from California. If I can be a part of it, it will do me a lot of good. Not for the sold bowls (it’s not all that munificent to wholesale bits and pieces.) But for the richness of seeing strong, decent people hitting the hard times by staring it down with smiles on their faces..standing for customers at their little 10 x 10 booth.