no 14 Masked lapwing
no 16 Galah
no 19 Red-rumped parrot
no 38 Black-faced cuckoo-shrike.
Maybe nature leads by example and inspires us to do these things for nothing because it seems we’re often generous with natural things; people volunteer time to plant trees, clean up their creeks and beaches, run soup kitchens, produce swaps, put out baskets of lemons at front gates.
For years at Fair Food we’ve been talking about how great it would be to cook a big staff meal from the leftover veg we have. Everybody loves the idea but it always seemed too hard, something we couldn’t afford or had no time to do. Then the other day it came up again and Kate who runs customer service and was a chef in a former life said, I could knock up a meal like that and put it in a slow cooker in about 15 minutes.
And then Kate said, Yeah really.A couple of days later two unused slow cookers (are all slow cookers unused?) appeared at the warehouse. Kate chopped up the leftover veg and put it in the slow cooker. The next day at lunchtime we all ate slow cooked spicy vegetables on rice. In the end it took so little effort but to the Fair Food crew who had been working since 6.30am sitting down together for a cooked lunch meant so much.
And that’s the thing I realise now about most acts of generosity; the basket of free lemons at someone’s front gate takes so little effort but makes all the difference to how we feel about our neighbourhood, about our lives.