Personal Experience

The Journey Begins

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Greener Pastures Natural Foods Co-op, if I’m honest, was originally more of a reaction from me.

How dare “they say” that all the good, all the effort, all the people who were helped by Janette at the Health Nut Pantry here in Glencoe would be washed up and closed. Not if you’re asking me. These are my people, my neighborhood! Someone must love us and if we do not maybe no else one will.

I’m honored to serve in this great survivor of a city. The people of Glencoe are strong… sometimes seeming like they don’t need anyone else, but in reality we all need each other. We are interdependent and blessed to be a community.

I think that was one of my most prominent observations from serving at the Health Nut Pantry. For the time I volunteered I saw people come together who hadn’t seen each other in a while. They seemed to have important conversations. Something about the small and nurturing setting promoted this. Janette’s kindness and presence had a lot to do with that I’m sure.

Well in this new co-op endeavor I can’t say what it will be like or feel like but I hope to preserve that value anyway. I hope the value of relationships is strong, that this becomes a place where you and I have unexpected and valued conversations – while we buy great food and come together as a community. I’ll do my best to see this thru and so, I expect, will you. Here’s to us and to Greener Pastures. ❤

2 thoughts on “The Journey Begins”

  1. Hi Alycia–
    Was the plural form ( already taken? Just wondered why you decided on the singular form instead. I mention it only because after accessing the article from the email link I tried accessing it by entering the url directly and experienced some momentary frustration until I noticed the slight difference in spelling.


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