Paying Leslieville forward


True Holiday Spirit Story, in my village…


It’s December 23, in the afternoon. I’m hunting for the fresh thyme I need for my dinner on Christmas Eve. My daughter has returned empty-handed from two supermarkets so I decide to try my luck at Rowe Farm, in Leslieville.

There is a long line on the sidewalk. I ask the nice man at the door to confirm if they have this herb in stock: "I just need this so I want to make sure I won’t be waiting in vain." They do! So I take my place in the line.


I make a few calls. I check my e-mails. I look up. Only a third of the people in front of me have entered. It's going to take a while. I go back to my phone... when a bunch of thyme appears under my nose!


"I thought it was too long a wait just for one little item so I got it for you," a young woman tells me as she hands me the thyme, her eyes smiling over her mask.


I just have time to exclaim: ”OMG!.... I'm soooo paying this forward!” before she takes off. I have a big silly smile and a warmed-up heart for the next hour… Small gestures should never be underrated.


Today (January 11, 2021) and for the next 4 days, I will leave a gift on the Leslieville bench facing Rowe Farm.


This is me, paying it forward. ;-)