My sister sent me this quote and her following question:
"Unless you've managed to plant pizza, gardening is a royal waste of
time in my book. There's nothing quite like spending a humid afternoon
waltzing a tiller through a quarter-acre of rocks and innocent worms, as
I recently did, to make you appreciate the genius of Clarence Birdseye
(the man who perfected, if that's the right word, frozen vegetables).
And think about it: when's the last time you caught a bunch of
freeloading rabbits in your grocer's freezer case?"
[From my sister]So how on earth are you and I related? I can't imagine two more disparate views on a subject, can you?
My reply to my non-gardening sister:
Think about mom and dad. Ok, they weren't related, but that's where we
get things from. In so many ways I was closer to Mom and you to Dad, but
there are parts of them in each of us. I hate to admit this but I think
I got the inclination from Dad.
Mom liked to sit and read, so do you. Dad liked to do things, to make
something from something else; so do I. That's not to say we don't each
have some of the other. You spend more time improving your mind and
building your knowledge, while I spend more on my canvas. You develop a
certain pleasure and accomplishment out of completing a puzzle while I
find that to be nice - but then it's done, over, nothing concrete to
show for it. I get that feeling of accomplishment from watching
something grow from the connections I built for it. It pays me back
every day. The hard work is worth it (besides - if it weren't for that I
might get no exercise at all) It has given me a connectedness both to my
home and to friends on the internet, something I sorely lacked without
it. Note, too that the writer was talking about vegetable gardening. I
don't grow food. I am an ornamental gardener and there is a huge
difference. Were it not for gardening I would feel so lost in this world
as I did before I found it. You don't know how good it can feel at the
end of a day of tilling and rock moving to fall into the adirondack and
survey your accomplishments and like what you see and think, "I did
that." Of course, you can say that about your kids, but that was a team
effort. This is all me. I don't know if that clears anything up, but
that's how it is.
[To Chat]Thought some of you might be able to relate.
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