Kindness and Connection

Last week as I finished washing, grading, and counting eggs, I discovered I was 14 dozen short of fulfilling my subscriptions for the following delivery day. It turns out our pastured hens are laying a bit fewer eggs in number, though the eggs they are laying are heavier “extra large” eggs. But what was I going to do now? I reached out to several of my farm customers, and every single one agreed to take a pro-rated refund, and one dozen less eggs for their allotment. I was taken aback at their generosity.

My customers’ consideration really makes a difference as I operate my farm under the current crisis. It makes me recall something my Dad (who has passed) told me about the Great Depression during the 1930’s. Sure, there was horrific 25% unemployment, and so many homeless—and most folks who had an available couch had someone sleeping there more often than not. People showed kindness, and I think many experienced closer community and connection as a result.

Looking out at the starry sky a few nights ago, these words from James Agee—written during the depths of the Depression—struck me as especially applicable today:

Photo: Orting Sky – Sunset © Vicki Frerichs 2019, Used with permission.

Sure on This Shining Night

Sure on this shining night

Of starmade shadows round,

Kindness must watch for me

This side the ground.

The late year lies down the north.

All is healed, all is health.

High summer holds the earth.

Hearts all whole.

Sure on this shining night

I weep for wonder

Wandering far alone

Of shadows on the stars.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to listen to this choral rendition of the poem, by Morten Lauridsen.