Springtime in Colorado. Each breeze carries a fragrance. Apples, cherries, crabapples, Hawthorns, pears, serviceberries, and—best of all—lilacs.
In our neighborhood, lilac bushes border sidewalks. The best ones spill over hedges and picket fences to meet you right at nose level. Everyone lingers: perambulators, dog walkers, spandex-clad bikers, and amazingly even teenagers on skateboards. They all stop, sniff, and smile.
This hubbub originated with a single act of kindness by someone who years ago decided to share a treat. The generous homeowner might well have decided to plant in the backyard—or à la Walt Whitman in the dooryard even. But it’s so much kinder to share. So a bush was carefully sited where it could provide maximum enjoyment. Many springs later—this very week in May in fact—the single act of kindness blooms. And to anyone passing by, it all seems to make good scents.
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Another act of kindness can be seen today at the powerhouse financial site BudgetsAreSexy.com. Thanks to the prolific and generous J. Money, I get to appear as a guest poster. Regretfully, the words that await you there won’t be nearly so sweet as lilacs. But if you’re nevertheless interested in strolling by, here’s the link: http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2014/05/consumers-life-in-30-bullet-points/