Chuck and I eat tomato sandwiches for lunch almost every day in the summer time. Tomato sandwiches, fresh corn on the cob and icy cold cantaloupe is the ultimate comfort food combination! And if you want to get fancy and add some avocado slices to that tomato sandwich...it's like love on a plate!
So you can imagine how happy I was when I walked out on the front porch and discovered... a little wicker basket full to the brim with red ripe, juicy homegrown tomatoes. There was no note to let me know who they were from...just a happy little basket made of wicker and metal and blue glass beads. There was just something about that cute little basket that made me smile...and wonder who could have been so thoughtful...
The next day, my neighbor, Montrue, told me that she had found a basket of tomatoes on her porch, too. I had been gone that day, so she knew it wasn't me. Her next suspect was our neighbor a few doors down. So, she called Jordan to see if she had left the tomatoes. Jordan said "No, it wasn't me. It was the "Tomato Fairy." Would you like to speak to her?" Montrue, of course, said, "Yes." Turns out the "Tomato Fairy" was Jordan's 10 year- old granddaughter, Jessica, who decided to spread a little sunshine (in the form of tomatoes) to some people on our street. Montrue thanked the Tomato Fairy for her kindness and let her know she was welcome to drop by anytime. A visit with Montrue's dog, Dabba, is always a treat for kids young and old.
I had met Jessica earlier this summer at Vacation Bible School and thought how very poised and sweet she was. What a great thing for a girl to do on her summer vacation...making an adventure out of being generous to the neighbors!
I wondered how to return the favor...let's see...what do little girls like...how about flowers? So, I made a mini bouquet in an empty spice jar and tied it with a ribbon. I walked down the street and rang the doorbell. When a little girl with her hair in foam curlers appeared, I asked, "Are you the Tomato Fairy? " She smiled and answered, "Yes." I told her how much we enjoyed her wonderful tomatoes. Her eyes lit up when I said, "I'm the Flower Fairy and these are for you."
Since then, the Tomato Fairy has branched out into green beans and a warm from the oven, melt in your mouth, heart-shaped shortbread cookie! Her happy surprises are always accompanied with a sweet smile.
What an difference one little girl can make...in the life of one person at a time...by surprising each of us with her homegrown sunshine! Thanks, Tomato Fairy, for reminding us that life is about the little moments of being kind and giving. You've made us all want to surprise someone else... with a little homegrown sunshine of our own!