Active Liberation

Savoring What's Growing

Posted on Jul 11, 2019

Every time I take the path between the Parkway House and the Tuck House, the two outposts of QC Family Tree in this West Charlotte neighborhood, I find newly-ripeblueberries on the large, lush bushes planted by Mt. Hermon Baptist Church in 2013. 

I always take a handful and eat them one by one as I walk. The spice of the warm, ripe, fresher-than-fresh berries lingers on my tongue long afterwards.
Likewise, I find that each day here brings small moments to savor. A young artist attending one of two monthly Community Meals happens to sit down next to another neighbor who, she learns, is also an artist. Before long, they are exchanging poems and Facebook addresses.
A young man walks into Midday Prayers and is warmly greeted by name. "We haven't seen you in a while. " So much is conveyed in those few words: We know you. We see you. You matter.

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