Living up to the Hype….

I’m reminded that today is the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, who was killed by an assassins bullet in the early morning hours of April 4th, 1968,  outside his hotel room in  Memphis, Tennessee.  Over the past 50 years, It has seemed to me that racism and discrimination, while it is always ugly, has become less pervasive in our society.  The past few years, however, have been fraught with incidents of racism and violence against persons of color, people with differing religious views, and women.  I make these observations from an ivory tower.  I’ve never personally experienced racism or discrimination directed at me, and I’m fortunate to work and live among people who are like minded and compassionate regarding other people’s suffering and injustice.  I’m saddened and troubled by the current administration’s policy regarding immigration, specifically regarding Mexican Americans.  On this day in particular, I realize that the struggle for equality is ongoing, and I believe we all have a responsibility to do what we can, within our circle, to “form a more perfect union” as the framers of our constitution wrote over 200 years ago.  It makes me happy to know that Little Prince is a safe and comfortable place to work for all of our employees, and we are working to make it even nicer.   Anyway, thanks for reading my ramblings.
I mentioned the movie Ready, Player One last week in the newsletter, and some of you may have ventured to your local theater to see it this weekend.  I saw it up in the Seattle area on Sunday.  I was SO excited to see this book, by Ernest Cline become a movie and eagerly awaited it’s release.  I’ve listened to the book on Audible 3 times, because it’s a great story, read by Will Wheaton who played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek, The Next Generation.  Wheaton is a wonderful reader and has also read Ernest Cline’s other book, Armada for Audible.  Interestingly, both Ready, Player One and Armada have plot lines that that are set in Oregon, though that doesn’t come out in the movie.  I found the movie to be very entertaining, and I’m glad I went to it, and will likely watch it again sometime.  I was disappointed though the book and the movie really have very different story lines.  If you haven’t read the book, you will love the movie for what it is, a great fantasy, sci-fi adventure.  If you have read the book, you may come away feeling like Steven Spielberg really strayed away from a fabulous story in favor of a glitzy, action packed extravaganza.  You’ll still like it, but you may feel like it doesn’t quite live up to the hype.
Living up to the hype is important.  Every week, I try to create some “hype” about the plants we grow and sell here at Little Prince.  Last Friday, I was honored to speak to the staff at Molbaks Garden + Home in Woodinville, Washington.  I brought doughnuts, and shared a PowerPoint® presentation that showcased many of our plants.  I gave their crew some samples to try in their own gardens and told them of the many merits of each plant mentioned.  It was a very fun and informative meeting, for me as much as for them.
Now comes the hard work- actually living up to the hype I’ve created.  Always in the back of my mind is a quote by Lou Holtz, the retired college football coach who’s best known stint was at Notre Dame from 1986-1996, where his Fighting Irish won a National Championship, and went to bowl games in 9 consecutive seasons.  Holtz famously once advised “Never promise more than you can deliver, and always deliver more than you promised”  We try to live up to that sage advice here at Little Prince.  As I watch our crew pull plants for your orders, prep them, and tag them, I’m satisfied to know that you’re getting the very best we have to offer.  I’m proud of the work we do here, and of all the people who work so hard to deliver everything we’ve promised, and more.
So many crops look really nice right now.  I’ve included pictures of plants that I think are particularly nice.  I was happy today that while giving a tour that someone mentioned how clean and well organized things are here.  It’s true, and I invite anyone who wants to come out here to see for yourself!  Now is a great time to walk though the houses and see the scope of what we grow here at Little Prince.   Call or email me any time to schedule a tour.  If you’d like me to bring my presentation to your garden center, I’m happy to do that too.  Have a wonderful week!


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