Something unexpected made me smile this morning. It was a happy surprise from a stranger.
I’m pretty new to Instagram, finally opening my account this summer. I’ve posted a few photos and left a few comments, but to be honest, I haven’t had much time for it.
A couple of days ago, I saw a photo of a specific variety of cucumber that someone was growing. The post talked about how this particular cucumber variety does well in a hot climate.
My cucumbers have long since been overcome by the heat of a Mississippi summer, so I left a comment on this post that I might have to try growing this variety next year.
I didn’t think anything more about it.
I opened up Instagram this morning and saw that I had a private message. Out of the blue, the woman whose post I had left a comment on was offering to send me some of the seeds she had collected.
Out came my smile and that warm, fuzzy feeling I get when someone is kind to me.
This is the best thing that social media offers us. We can make connections with people all over the world who share our interests. And we can be kind, and helpful, and supportive to people that we may never meet in person.
Through my social media accounts, I have met and chatted with people who live as far away as Malaysia, Greece, and Ukraine, as well as those who live all over the United States.
On social media, I have learned about the plants that grow in different parts of the world and the people I connect with share the joy that gardening brings to them.
We join together to solve each others gardening problems or to identify unknown plants. We compliment each other’s photographs and send support to each other in times of hardship.
Just having this small exposure to the wider world through social media connects me to different experiences, viewpoints, and languages. (Thank goodness for Google translate!)
I know that social media can provide a venue for people to be ugly to one another, but I like to focus on the positive aspect of social media. The ability it gives us to be kind and supporting.
I remember the times that someone, far away, on the other side of the world, has made me smile or shown me something beautiful.
And now, I know that I have to pass that smile on to someone else.
And to think, it all started with a photo of a cucumber plant.