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Every fall, Edgar plants upwards of a thousand bulbs in the garden. Then, in the spring, we wait to see what happens. It’s different every time. Our corner garden has become something of a go-to place in the spring– people driving past call out from their cars, and people walking past tell us they choose the route so they can see the flowers. Planting the bulbs is a huge job – and Edgar usually has to get some paid help. This year, we put out a request on the timebank site, and, yes, a timebank member – John -- offered to help. John told us that he loves gardening, but he now that he and his wife have moved into an apartment he doesn’t get the opportunity to do it very often. He came and dug and planted for five full hours. The tulips he planted are just now beginning to flower. As we watch them continue to bloom over the course of the spring, it will be a pleasant reminder of the beauty that timebanking can create. - DC TimeBank, Washington DC dc.timebanks.org #timebankingis #community #50storiesin50days #timebanks #storytelling #timeasmoney #tulips #spring #gardening
Reflection by Edgar Cahn
I hope you’ve enjoyed our 50 Stories in 50 Days. Each story brings us to the heart of TimeBanking. Together they reach across an incredible range, bridging all possible distinctions – old and young, healthy or frail, no matter what faith or ancestry, skin color, gender, primary language, place of birth, or income bracket. That’s quite a range.
I want to end also thanking the individuals who shared their personal stories of how TimeBanking enriched their lives and their communities.
Now for us. We are each gardeners. May each story if planted bring forth a new season of blooming.