Lou Brown contacted me two weeks ago and asked if I would consider building her a harvest table for her new home. (She lives in England.) I told her absolutely yes...as long as she lined up the shipping details. 🙂
Our paths first crossed in 2009 when she was on tour. We were listed on a house concert website as possible hosts, she got in touch, ended up spending a couple of days with us. We’ve stayed in touch ever since. I’m re-posting a portion of a follow-up letter she wrote from her time with us. Some of the things she shared are timeless and worth repeating….
Hi, My name is Lou Brown.
“There is something about DM’s home that warms my heart every time I think about it. Our paths in life crossed when I came over to the mid-west to tour last Easter. As a songwriter here in the UK I felt like having a mighty adventure and taking my music to an area of The States that not many of us Brits visit that often. Sure loads of us go to New York for shopping or Florida for the theme parks but Iowa, nope I don’t know anyone else that’s been to Iowa except us.
Lucky me I say, for my few brief weeks I spent in Iowa were the most humbling of my life. There is something about the mid-west which we just don’t have over here. Yes we have history a plenty, beautiful palaces and Royal estates, our villages, towns and cities are all firmly established and it only takes a couple of hours of driving to reach France and the rest of Europe. But Iowa has a sense of community and hospitality which I have never experienced. I will never forget driving in the thickest fog ever in the middle of the night up a dirt road to Doug and his wife’s B and B in Iowa, the moment Aimee and I opened up the guest room door to find fresh towels, the electric blanket on, and a packet of Butterfingers on the pillow. I have never ever been so grateful to anyone in my entire life. I was missing home like crazy, the three of us touring together were starting to get on each others nerves and suddenly we had arrived in paradise.
In a world where the media are ramming fancy new products, brands and technology down our throats, where our young people view their future aspirations on being on Pop Idol or America’s next top model rather than hard graft and apprenticeships, and where the current economic climate brings a fear into every household across the globe that we might not be the ones to survive the recessions. I remember that moment…and hold to it tightly to remember that life is actually about hospitality and opening our doors to others and simply having the time to be interested in someone else. Those small things in life are priceless and outweigh any amount of money we can be given or fancy clothes we can wear….”
Our home at sunset after a rain.
Tell me about a time you’ve experienced the unexpected kindness of a stranger.
I love details.😉 DM
pss I originally posted this on my farm blog, so those of you that are long time readers may have seen it before…