When I passed this on the way to work three weeks ago, my immediate thought was poor farmer, in a matter of days you will have an empty trailer and a bunch of smashed pumpkins.
The honor system? Who is going to pay based on the honor system?
Yes, poor, silly farmer. Indeed, losing all of your pumpkins will be a tough lesson to learn. However, it is good your misplaced trust only involves pumpkins and not something of true importance.
I guess that farmer will learn.
Each day as I passed, the pumpkins remained. I looked and looked for slippery goo or smashed-up shells around the trailer, but I never saw any. Then one day, I saw a woman shoving bills in the money slot. The next day, I saw a father and daughter smiling happily around the pile. Later in the week, I saw a man opening his wallet as he stood in front of the trailer.
Really? As a former city girl, I sometimes struggle to understand the ways of people in western North Carolina, or the idea of having faith in those you don't know.
Maybe that farmer understands more about people than I do.
Maybe that farmer could teach this poor, silly girl something about honor, and GIVING strangers trust.
Giving trust to those around you is often difficult. Are you typically a trusting person, or does someone have to work to earn your trust?