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"When my girlfriend and I moved here we didn’t know anyone. Soon after I joined Brattleboro Time Trade I found myself in a chef’s kitchen, helping her test incredible recipes for her cookbooks. It’s reward enough just to be able to help someone out, but as a bonus, I have broadened my cooking horizons, eaten lots of delicious food, and I’ve gained a really great friend. It can take a long time to feel at home in a new place, but Brattleboro Time Trade made short work of that transition; we feel like we’ve lived here for years instead of months!" - a Brattleboro Time Trade member, Vermont https://brattleboro.timebanks.org . #timebankingis #community #50storiesin50days #timebanks #story #timeasmoney #home
Reflection by Edgar Cahn
This kitchen is clearly not located in a McDonald’s. You don’t come to this kitchen for fast food. This tale is a celebration of place and what place can become. And here, place becomes more than longitude and latitude, more than a digital designation on a lifeless geodesic dome in a universe where geometry dictates the only relevant laws.
Place can become home where one sinks roots and relationships emerge. Think of what happens in this kitchen as a kind of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process by which green plants use energy supplied by sunlight to convert inert carbon dioxide and H2O into a source of nurture that sustains life. “Photosynthesis is largely responsible for producing and maintaining the oxygen content of the Earth’s atmosphere, and supplies all of the organic compounds and most of the energy necessary for life one Earth.”
Like a living plant, this stove grounded in this particular kitchen absorbs the energy from TimeBanking to turn strangers into friends and neighbors into community. We are witnessing a kind of photosynthesis where TimeBanking supplies a process equivalent to what chlorophyll provides for plants. The photosynthesis provided by TimeBanking is a normative process powered by gatherings, reciprocity, and acts of caring that expand trust, create networks, and nurture a living ecosystem called community.
The newcomer’s energy channeled through an inanimate object called a stove located in a designated space called kitchen turned place into a living habitat on this living planet we call Earth.