July 15, 2014 § 10 Comments
On Saturday I bought peaches at the farmers’ market. They were juicy ripe and everything fresh local peaches should be.
When I approached White Marsh Orchard‘s table, I was surprised to be greeted by name. This isn’t an unusual occurrence in my small town, but I didn’t remember the orchard owners knowing my name last summer.
Then she said, “It was so lovely to get your note,” and he chimed in, “Really thoughtful of you.”
And I suddenly remembered that last fall, when reflecting with some sadness that peaches wouldn’t be in season again for many months, I had been inspired to look up the orchard’s address so I could write and say how much I enjoyed their peaches all summer. I’d signed my name, of course, and made mention of my red market basket so they’d have a clue who I was.
They clearly figured it out.
We talked a couple minutes about our mutual appreciation of both peaches and real letters. It got me thinking (not for the first time) about making the choice to express appreciation and what a positive impact it can have. As a result, I’m challenging myself to write more notes of thanks for the little things that make life better.
What are you enjoying these days? Do you ever send unexpected thank you notes?