Monday, June 8, 2009

Wonderful Weekend and Wonderful Child

Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting or reading as much as I used to. I haven’t lost interest in Blogging I assure you. Between trying to take care of my plants and school coming to an end for the year, I just haven’t had as much time as I need to properly Blog. I hate just tossing out a post that rambles just like I am doing at the moment. Haha

So my oldest son went off to Palmetto Boys State this weekend. He will be gone all week. Did I mention that he was one of three boys selected from his school to go? I’m not bragging, I’m just saying…..Ok I am bragging but as a parent it is legal. It is a weeklong event up at the State House in Columbia SC. I am hoping that he gets to meet our Governor but if not I am sure he will meet some other politicians.

I had an awesome day at the Charleston Farmers Market even though it rained on us twice. Because we have so many daylilies blooming, I also went to my favorite (not) flea market to sell some of them. I know I have told you about that place before because of all the strange sightings there but this one takes the cake. Picture this:

A man driving a Moped. So far so good. But wait, There was a second person riding on the back. A woman wearing a halter top and Daisy Dukes puffing on a cigarette. But wait, there’s more. They were pulling a trailer with a pen full of bunnies that they were going to sell. I kid you not. Need I say more about that market? And there is lots more I could tell, I assure you.

But since I was there I might as well make the most of it right. For starters I did my good deed for the day. There was a young Mexican boy selling watermelons next to me. His family actually had a larger stand on the far side of the market. After he sold a few watermelons he went inside the market and spent all the money on some CD’s. His father saw the CD’s and made the boy return with him to their main booth. So this big table of watermelons was left there all alone.

People kept coming up and wanting to buy the melons and some were contemplating stealing them so I started taking money for them. After all they only belonged to "Mexicans" as someone said. After a few hours the man came to take the mellons back to his main booth and I could see him shaking his head because he noticed that a lot of them were gone. When he got to the stand, I pulled a wad of money out of my pocket and handed it to him. He couldn’t stop saying thank you and he gave me a free watermelon. Sweet!!

I had several bouquets of zinnias for sale as well as the daylilies. I usually sell them for 5.00 a bunch at the other market but I was hoping for three at this one. This little girl came up and stood there admiring one of the bouquets and asked me how much they were. She was a pretty little girl but she wasn’t smiling. When she spoke I could see why. She had really crooked teeth which she tried to conceal while she was talking. It was obvious that she was self conscious about her teeth.

Before I could tell her the price, her mother snapped: “come on, we aint got no money to spend on flowers.” I quickly grabbed the flowers and handed them to the little girl and said “here they are free for you.” She got the biggest grin on her face as she ran to catch up with her family. Her mother stopped and turned around and quietly said Thank you. I saw them several times after that and each time, that little girl was holding those flowers like they were worth a million bucks and still grinning from ear to ear. It is such a shame that this little girl’s beauty may only be seen by a few but rest assured that God sees it.

Oh and as for sales there....I almost sold out.

Have a Great day,
Greg

22 comments:

Kerri said...

Greg, your post brought tears to my eyes! Thank you for seeing that little girl's beauty!! And for your kindness!!

Congrats to your son!!!

skoots1mom said...

you're an angel...

2Thinks said...

I love that you gave the flowers away and helped the watermelon salesman. Congrats on the achievements of your son!

I know what you mean about less time to blog. I've been planting veggies and such, too.
Heidi

B His Girl said...

You are bringing light into the flea market!!! The little girl will always remember her first bouquet. The man will also remember the kindness you showed them. Congrats to your son. I have something to say regarding Daisy but I think I should pray it silently. thanks for shining B

Chatty Kelly said...

Greg, so glad you gave that little sweetie the flowers. Yay! And selling the watermelons for the other man. You are such an honorable man. Makes me smile.

Jenny said...

aww you are sweet Greg

Katherine Aucoin said...

I wish you would post pictures of the interesting people you encounter at your favorite (not) flea market. It would broaden our horizons. I know your busy being proud of your son... congratulations (You know I never pass up the opportunity to brag on my offspring) and busy with your flowers, which I think are gorgeous, but sheesh Greg, if you're going to cut down on your blogging..throw us a bone...we need pictures! ;-)

Edie said...

Without a doubt you will hear "Well done good and faithful servant".

I suspect you touched the heart of every little girl that reads your blog too. :D

What a great example you set for your son. Congratulations to him too! I met our Governor and Congressman at our tax day Tea Party.

Wanda said...

Oh Greg ~~ you are a saint in human skin....!

That little girl will remember that act of kindness the rest of her life and may make a difference in her life.

As far as you son..... Yes, you brag as much as you want.... He comes from good stock!!!

Blogging has its ups and downs time wise for sure...

LOL:Wanda

Kim said...

*tears*

Every little girl needs to know how precious she is in the Father's eyes....you gave her a glimpse of that knowledge...thank you, Greg, from all the little girls in the world who have felt unworthy...

Blessings.

Carmen said...

I think that sometimes we complicate things, you know! The simplicity of the gospel is grabbing the opportunities and making the most of them as they present themselves. Way to live your faith and be an example! You bless me!

The Dental Maven said...

Greg. You're awesome. Period.

Beverlydru said...

I love these stories! I think everyone in Blogsville is experiencing the same thing... when it's light well into the evening I spend much more time outside.
Loved the Lily Tomlin video in the last post too. Would you beliee I actually worked at the high school on a switchboard like that?!

Pink Ink said...

Found you through Suzanne Casamento.

Congrats on your son's achievement.

I loved your stories of kindness. How wonderful for these people to cross paths with you!

Have a great day!

Monogram Queen said...

Greg just reading your post brightened up my day oh-so-much! Thank you!
Congratulations to your son. Palmetto Boys State is a BIG deal! One of my HS boyfriends went and gave me his shirt ~ah~ memories - NOT! LOL

and I am def. looking into something that will help me but not be as dangerous as Paxil was. Rock on at the Flea Market!!!!

Suzanne Casamento said...

Oh Greg, you rock. Your stories are the best. Seriously, two people on a moped dragging a trailer of bunnies?

And it was very cool of you to sell the watermelons for that man. Amazing how when you do something nice for someone the kindness comes right back to you. (In the form of a delicious watermelon!)

As for that little girl, I hope she's all right. Good of you to give her flowers.

I so want to spend a day at the market with you and see what you see.

Debbie said...

You are just such a nice man! It makes me happy to think about you out there doing your good deeds.

Terri Tiffany said...

Your posts are so homey and kind:)) I really liked reading this one.
SO you are working on a book, huh? YAY! I can never come up with titles. I've changed my current one at least 5 times already. If it gets published some day, I'm sure they will change it again:)

Wanda said...

Greg, in answer to your question on my post today ~~ the flower is bougainvillea. They are a most beautiful and delicate flower, and I love this light pink one.

I have a deep rose colored on in my back yard I planted last summer, but it's still small.

Take care!

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Boy's State is quite a honor. Congratulations. My husband went and I attended Girl's State WAY back in the day.

Angie said...

One word: Beautiful.

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