"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Friday, June 5, 2009

Help a Stranger/Plant a Tree

The project:
Pull off the road and help a stranger finish planting a tree in her front yard.

Time:
20 minutes

Why bother?
I was driving home when I saw a woman struggling to set the root ball and associated 8-foot Golden Locust Tree in her front yard. Two small children wandered the yard as their mom teetered on the edge of the hole.

Worth it?
When I pulled over and rolled down the window, she was clearly confused. We'd never met each other. What could I, a stranger, want at this inopportune moment? When I asked if I could lend a hand, she thought about it for a few seconds, then smiled and welcomed me to the yard.

Turns out we had a lot in common, and in addition to planting a tree we may have begun a friendship.

1 comment:

  1. That's too cool! I love this one! FATE!?!? Hmmmmmmmm

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