Giving. Isn’t that a perfect word for this holiday season? Let me tell you a story:
Mr. Pole (not his real name) is ninety-five years old. He farmed in Iowa.
Still grows beautiful flower gardens. I’m privileged to write his story.
During our final interview, Mr. Pole said, “You know, honey,” (he always calls me “honey”) back in the olden days, life was simple. We didn’t need stuff to be happy. Still don’t. There’s just ONE thing you need to be happy.”
“What’s that, Mr. Pole?” I asked.
“Honey,” he said, “It ain’t hard. You gotta’ tell other people you love them. Hug them. Hold their hand. You know, give them your heart. When you do that, they love you back. And, honey, that’s what happiness is all about.”
I refer to Mr. Pole as my farmer philosopher.
As I feel the wonder of this holiday season (and beyond), I practice Mr. Pole’s wisdom. I hope you do the same.
I wish you and your loved ones peace, joy, love, good health, and happiness . . .Mr. Pole style.
WEC 2013-2014 Officers
President: Judith Kolva
Past President: Laurina Anderson VP Communications/ President Elect: Kimball Stadler VP Finance: Catherine Wolfe VP Membership: Michelle Case-Anderson VP Community Involvement: Kathleen Ryan VP Internal Involvement: Susan Kissinger VP Member Events: Trina London