Just as we were about to walk back up the 300-odd stairs to our rental car, I heard a voice say "Ashley?" I turned to see Jen and Jon, very, very dear friends of mine who had been working on organic farms and living in a plant sanctuary in India (where they built their own house out of thatch and bamboo, and had monkeys and snakes as house companions!!!). They had just flown in from Japan. I hadn't seen them in 1 1/2 years, and then, there they were.
Or all of the parallels that existed between Hubs and I when we met. I'd come out of a very lengthy, rocky relationship when we first encountered one another. I got very specific about what sort of partner I wanted in the future and Hubs just kept meeting each and every one of the criteria I'd laid out in my mind. I had to marry him, of course.
More recently, I got an email from my buddy, Aaron. He wrote that he was working with the organic clothing company, Green Label, and would like to send me a t-shirt to keep and another to offer in a small measure giveaway. I looked down at the shirt I was wearing at the time, while still skimming over his email. Yep. It was Green Label. I knew this giveaway was meant to be. It's kismet, you see.
And so, for the newest giveaway on this blog of mine, I'd like to offer one lucky reader a women's medium-sized "Support Local" t-shirt, pictured above (men folk-this doesn't mean you're out of the running; feel free to enter the giveaway and festoon a lucky lady with the shirt, or, hell, you could even try to squeeze your own torso into it!).
In order to enter, just leave a comment telling me what "support local" means to you. Do you do it? If so, how do you do it? Do you think it's important? A bunch of hype? If you object to the idea, tell me about that? I'm all ears. PLEASE leave a way for me to reach you, should you be the winner (I've unfortunately had many, many entries in the past that came up as the winner in the Random Widget with no means of contacting the commenter). That could be achieved via either a link back to your blog or with your email included in your entry comment. I'll leave the contest open until a week from today, August 26th, midnight EST.
Good luck, everyone, and may serendipity shine its magical light upon you!
Update: Comments are now closed (actually, they closed at midnight, EST, on Friday, but it's 4:00 p.m. on Sunday and I'm just now getting around to announcing the winner!). The Green Label t-shirt, as chosen by the Random Widget, will be going to Jasmine of Bunchberry Farm way out in Alaska! Thank you to all who entered!!!