On Monday, a sign caught an eye in the Upper Valley. It said, "The season of giving." What does that mean? Here in a smattering of communities that are unique to one another but bound by so much that brings them together, it can mean anything.
Also on Monday, there was physical proof of giving: boxes of cereal. Naturally, they were in the Norwich Public Library, part of the 19 Days of Norwich and Beyond.
"Aw, it only takes a second," a skeptic might say. But think about what needs to happen for a single box to arrive there: one needs to know that the Library is collecting this exact product. Then remember to purchase the cereal with an eye towards donating it. Then physically go to the library. Then locate the place to put it. And, quietly, acknowledge that you will get no credit, no fame, no recognition. You will just have a beautiful feeling in the season of giving.
No matter what you are doing out there at this time of year, it is making a difference.
N.B. Due to a scheduling irregularity, the promised international flavor was unable to be delivered. Fear not, there will be a full 19 posts for 19 days!