Reason #21 Allendale Is Better Than Where You Live: Community Gardening
I love the lady in this picture.
(Sorry, it’s not the best photo. But that’s what happens when you are taking a picture with your phone, through your windshield, while cruising along at 3 m.p.h, all the time trying not to look like you’re about to stalk and abduct someone.)
“What’s she doing, parked in the middle of an intersection?” you wonder. I’m glad you asked.
There are flowers planted in medians along Memorial Drive in Allendale. And she pulls up next to them, pops the trunk open, gets out gallon-sized jugs of water, and waters the plants. She does this faithfully, especially in recurring and common times of drought. And no one is making her do this, or rewarding her for her labor.
I don’t know for sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she had a hand in planting the flowers, too. Why? Because she loves her community. She takes pride in making Allendale more beautiful.
Community pride is one reason that I’m glad we’re forming another neighborhood association. Community pride and beautification is why other Allendale residents have built a community garden and a “Pink Garden.”
And it’s why we’ve seen another guy we know go down the street in his riding lawn mower, cutting any high grass that in between the sidewalk and road (including ours). And he’s also invited Elijah to join him in planting flowers near the town’s post office (Elijah went and had a blast!).
Does your community have folks like these, who sacrificially work behind the scenes for your town’s beautification?