Garden prayers

It was a grim meeting of the community garden’s executive committee. We struggled to figure out how to address a member who wasn’t paying his dues or contributing his share of the work, and who had been rude and dismissive when the group’s coordinators called his attention to his delinquency. We wished he would just disappear. We read the bylaws carefully and decided that as the executive committee, we were totally justified in deciding to kick him out. It really seemed only fair to the rest of the community, who were fulfilling the requirements. 

I agreed to be the one to deliver the bad news. The scofflaw was a big guy who seemed kind of threatening to some folks, so another gardener offered to join me for protection, but I declined.

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