This past weekend my little family drove to a nearby lighthouse to take photos and spend Memorial Day together. It was a wonderful coastal drive that took us by a tiny shop that seemed to scream eclectic mess of treasures! We had to stop!! You never know what you will find in a shop like this. We were welcomed by the cutest, little lady who was buzzing around the yard, in and out of the shop. She smiled a big, wide smile and said, “I have chocolates for you inside!” We walked through the shop full of giant sea stars that sat on a window, bowls of shells, trays of rings, vintage clothing, strands of jewelry hanging from tree branches, antique kitchenware, elephants, mermaids, every kind of whimsy, along-side inspired signs or worry dolls. It was an eclectic shop full of tiny touches that Lex had made herself…lessons from Native Indians, wisdom from the ocean…it was sensational in all its wonder. Our eyes had endless things to see, but the cutest was the homemade brownies that Lex makes every day for any store visitors. She chimed in, “They are free. I make six batches a day!” The brownies were placed in old, Whitman’s chocolate boxes and the delight was real!
I mean, really. Who does that? Lex of Netarts does!! She was such a delight and you knew from listening to her that this tiny store gives her such life purpose. She shared how a man had just come in the other day and was telling his son about this shop and remembering the free brownies he was given as a boy. Lex lit up telling us about the sweet moment. She then lit up, “Did you see my changing room? I had a 100 year old woman in here who told me it looks like a brothel.” She laughed and then shared how she has been there 20 plus years and that she told herself, “I will keep going until I am 80. Well, 80 has come and gone, so now I am shooting for 90, I guess.” She smiled her happy, joy-filled smile and quickly shuffled away to the front of the store.
There are people doing small things—like making six batches of brownies a day to bring smiles and joy to those she comes in contact. What can we do to find or create a little more purpose in our lives? How can we be more like Lex?
Thank you, Lex for your beautiful example of how to just bring JOY to the world. Even if its just a little free chocolate!
Peace. Love and Light. xoxo H