Giving Back

David Fefferman and Donnie Elkins

Unconditional kindness – be it a display of words, gifts, whatever – is so rare. In a world of, “I did ‘x’ for you, so could you possibly do ‘y’ for me?” favors with no strings attached almost make me skeptical of a person’s true intentions. -I mean, nothing in this world is free, right?

But there are those rare instances when you meet someone so kind, generous and selfless, that you are inspired to reflect upon yourself and your own behavior. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing a handfull of these people throughout my life, and while their actions have been selfless and lacking expectations of personal gain, I feel like they deserve acknowledgement, reinforcement, and repayment. – Not the “I feel guilty because you did this for me, so I’m doing something to make myself feel better” type of repayment, but the “you’ve inspired me, and I’m so grateful to have learned from you that I want you to know” type of repayment.

So, I’m starting with Don Elkins of Mesa Exotics.

Donnie is an old friend who has a bitchin’ Carnivorous Plant Nursery! He used to gift me freakin’ spectacular carnivorous plants and feed my curiosity as a child.  His generosity, passion, and knowledge of the hobby has always inspired me.

His current website stinks. Bad. I figured this would be a great place for me to start saying “thank you, so I put together a few mockups, and just recently sent them to my friend (who I haven’t spoken with in quite some time). He deserves to have a nice site for his nursery, so I’m hoping he likes what I sent over and I can pull it all together for him!

If you have any stories about selflessness or any input on these carnivorous plant designs, please leave a comment below.

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