Remember that movie line “If you build it, they will come?” By Norma Burnson

Many of you know that I have been bed ridden for over 23 years. During that time I was taken care of by my husband 24/7. He has never complained and has reassured me I have never been a burden.

I have also been very fortunate to have a close knit group of friends, who are very dear to me, believe that one day I would walk again and regain the strength to pursue one of my dreams.

On January 29th 2018, after several years of preparation, I managed to get out of bed. Doing my new wobble, wobble penguin walk, with cane in one hand, I walked down the stairs, then to the front porch, looked around and waved the house goodbye.

Kevin, my husband, then helped me and our little papillon Flirt into a rental truck. We had donated many things and left behind others knowing that the items would be taken to and divided amongst the Salvation Army, Vietnam Veterans and the Purple Hearts Veterans organizations.

We left behind everything that could be replaced. I waved goodbye to the garden, the trees I had planted 23 years ago, the little townhouse and the body of my little furbaby Bubbles, who had passed away just a week earlier.

As Kevin started the truck a thought entered my mind. Last year for Christmas I put up decorations and a handmade sign that read “Show kindness to all”. It was there day in and day out. A few days before we left, the crew from the Salvation Army came by to pick up more donations. One of the men from the crew said to me, “It is good to meet people who believe in that”.

I gave him a quizzical look and he pointed to my little old Christmas sign. I knew then that the decision to leave the townhouse and move into the country was a very good one.

The reason for renting the truck is that for the last 5 years I have been working towards establishing a Future Pioneers’ Children’s Garden for children to learn all about food production.

When your work to bring your dreams to fruition and it is for the better good of all, unexpected blessings and doors open.

Today we received our seed catalogs and are now planning out the garden. One of my dearest and closest friends has graciously given us permission to use a plot of land she owns. Right now we have children from all around the world giving us ideas on what types of fruits and vegetables to plant.

As I sit here looking out the window I can imagine the delight of the children in this community sharing with other children around the world their stories and adventures of growing their own food.

It takes work to make dreams come true. The way I see it, some may call me names, but you know what? They did the same to Stephen Jobs, Elon Musk and a few others.

Jobs was ridiculed for working out of his garage. Elon was bullied. Mark Cuban in his book states that it only takes just ONCE to succeed.

So like them I have been ridiculed, bulled and what have you. But I am taking this one chance… and it will be for our Future Pioneers, Our Children.

Why? Because together, we can keep Mother Earth vibrant and alive.

And so the adventure begins…

 

Norma

 

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