My sister is coming to visit tomorrow! All the way from Sweden. And she brings with her little Isa, 22 months. My beautiful niece.
It was a long time since I had a toddler, so my supply of toddler equipment is quite limited. As such, I decided to put community sharing to the test and see if I could borrow a car seat and stroller.
Where we live, we have a wonderful community site called Decorah Now. On Decorah Now, community members can submit events, classes, and, of course, classified ads.
I entered an ad that went something like this:
Hi! My sister is visiting from Sweden with her 22 month-old daughter. If you have a car seat that you would be willing to lend, please let me know. (And if you have a stroller, that would be great too, but not a priority…)
The very next day, community sharing had already passed the test. One of the members of the wellness committee I’m on had responded and said “Yes! I have these two items and you can borrow them.”
I felt a surge of gratitude to the world for generosity. But community sharing wasn’t done! I received four more responses from complete strangers.
Willing to share.
Yesterday, I picked up said items at my new friend’s house. It created a small interaction that I would not otherwise have experienced. A positive, energizing interaction of sharing.
And tomorrow, I drive to the airport to pick up two precious lives. The little one will be safe in her borrowed car seat. The big one will feel the generosity of community sharing.
An ocean away from home.
How do you share goods and services in your community?
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