An Open Letter to "Drew"

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Wednesday, May 25, 2016 7:54 PM

Dear "Drew" -

I'm not sure why you felt the need to tag the Little Free Library in front of my house, but I want to thank you for at least having the decency to deface the roof rather than the windows on the front.  I also want to compliment you on the artistic flair demonstrated in your tag.  So many of the tags I see are boring or down right ugly without a hint of creativity.

Since you haven't tagged my Little Free Library before, I can only assume that this may have been the first time you've passed by my house.  Perhaps you didn't stop to even look at it as you scribbled your name on the roof and moved on.  Perhaps you didn't notice that it is part of a Parklet that I built in the parking strip in front of my house.  

My neighbors here in the Havenscourt neighborhood have been very nice to me since I moved here nine years ago.  I built this little parklet as a way to say thank you to them and give back to my community.  Each in their own way, as the saying goes.  I love to read and garden, so I created this little slice of paradise as a way to share that love with those that live nearby.

Growing in the beds surrounding the library and bench are fruits and vegetables that I grow for the people in the neighborhood.  They are free to come and harvest anything within these gardens whenever they choose.  Recently, the carrots and beets were finally fully grown.  They were pulled up and placed on the bench with a note indicating that they had been picked that morning and were free for the taking.  They were gone within the hour.  I can only assume that one or more people had a delicious dinner that night.

I've just finished thinning the chard and collards in the two beds adjacent to the library and transplanted six tomato plants into them.  They should start producing within a couple of months.  There are both cherry and slicing tomatoes, so everyone should be happy.

I also thinned and replanted the kale in the last bed.  Pretty soon, neighbors will be able to have delicious greens with their supper or kale smoothies for lunch.  And let's not forget about kale chips.  Nom nom nom!

The onions and tomatillos growing on the other side of the fruit trees are going strong.  There should be plenty of onions to go around.  They are such an important ingredient in just about any cuisine.

On the off chance that you want to come by again, I've put a rainbow of colored sidewalk chalk in the library.  I would love to see you express your artistic side in a less destructive manner.   I'm sure you could come up with something very creative for the neighbors to enjoy as they walk by.

Just about anything you "drew" on the sidewalk would be more beautiful than my lame half ass attempt.  But at least I left a polite message for you.  I hope it will invite you in and you will leave something special drawn on the sidewalk for me.

It's time for me to put up my gloves and have a glass of wine.  Oh, and if you are ever interested in learning about gardening or animal husbandry, I would be more than happy to mentor you.

From your friendly neighborhood Urban Homesteader, I hope you have a wonderful evening.