It’s now 9 pm – and it has been a wonderful but sad day. I don’t usually use the blog on our business site as a sounding board, but today is different. What is so different today?
This morning, I took our oldest grandson to the doctor for his fall sports physical. A 12 year old who so wants to be a teenager, a tough young man resilient to anything that life can hand him – but still so afraid of the shots that he needed to enter 7th grade. A couple of “private hugs”, and encouragement, turned his fear into a smile that I’ll forever remember. Quickly followed was school supply shopping before returning to the nursery to meet with Sean, who showed me a few things I needed to know to update our website. But before leaving Owatonna, I drove past the Steele County Fairgrounds where the funeral was just beginning for a man that meant so much to me — Mr. Elmer Reseland. A true legend. He has forever touched me – years ago – and today. RIP Elmer. I love you!
Due to “life happening” this summer – Heidi – our retail manager (aka almost daughter) who is going through a very tough challenge health wise, and Leif, my husband, who is coming off of 12 days in the hospital – but a great recovery – we spent today at home as we did some landscaping at our house. The “joke” among the crew today – “What happens when a tree falls in the woods?” — Answer – “Leif landscapes”.
After two days of really hard work – our crew transformed a formerly ugly area of our yard into an incredibly beautiful spot. We seeded grass seed, which is going to take a little while, but it is so beautiful already. We want to thank the 5 guys from our crew who helped us with this transformation. It’s truly incredible. We can’t wait to share it with friends, family and customers. Awesome.
But — the most humbling of anything today was later this afternoon when one of our employees who has faced a less than fortunate life path, sat with us by our campfire, and said “Wow, this is great, I haven’t sat by a campfire for as long as I can remember”. The smile on his face said it all. He was so appreciative of everything today.. of spending time in the woods – of helping create something beautiful, but just of life’s small simple pleasures. … That wasn’t the best thing about today – the best thing was that we were able to experience his smile – his true warmth in his appreciation of life’s simple pleasures. It made me really take a look at the fire tonight as it slowly faded.. It’s not the money which we can’t take with us, or the social class which some think is so important – but it is the small, simple pleasures.. The smile of a man who is not as fortunate as we are, truly appreciating what we have given him and have shared with him. Life is good. Please – take time to appreciate the small treasures that are all around us. God bless today.