For those of you that have read O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi", you'll remember the story of a married couple w/ extremely limited finances who each sacrificed something valued to gift the other with a Christmas present. Today's Soul Soother blog is along those lines. It's about whether you would pass up an opportunity to be a soul soother to someone, be it a random person on the street or someone you know personally that could benefit from a little gift, a gift that maybe, just maybe, could make the difference between that person having the crappiest day to something they would look forward to going home to, all due to you. Well, I missed an opportunity to do just that & for me personally it has left an indelible mark & I don't want to experience it again.
You see, a couple of weeks ago, we had one of our local police officers come in to our shop & a neighboring shop to check on an issue we were both experiencing. The officer handled the problem so professionally & defused a situation that could have gone wrong in so many ways. The officer then came back in to get better acquainted & to see just what we did at Water Oak Farms. I explained to him that I didn't make anything that people needed, but instead, we made little luxuries, body & soul soothers, that just make people feel & smell wonderful. He said he loved things like our beard & aftershave oils & soaps and that he'd be back. Now please keep in mind that I often "gift" people randomly with products because it's one of my joys to do but that day I didn't offer it to the officer. My gut was telling me to do it, however, I also know there is some kind of rule that doesn't allow police officers to accept gifts & for now, I am still in my term of an elected parish council woman-perhaps now you can see the ethics quandary I found myself in. Sadly, 2 days later, that police officer was shot & killed in the line of duty. His name was Officer Henry Nelson.
I went through so many feelings of guilt & anger for not being a "soul soother", for passing up an opportunity to possibly make Officer Henry's end of shift a little better that day. Truth be told, I felt like a total failure knowing that what talent I've been gifted with as a formula/scent creator was not passed on to Officer Henry that day. So, in honor of Officer Henry, you'll soon find "Henry's Gift" on our website, it's a coupon that allows you to be someone's soul soother. It's a way for both of us to be someone's soul soother, because while it offers a free body bar with any purchase, we hope you'll use that coupon not for yourself, but to consciously choose a person that you feel needs a little pick-me-up. Thank you, Officer Henry, for your humble service & your beautiful smile you brought to our community. And to the rest of you, thank you for reading. Now go be someone's body & soul soother.