The Value of a Community Garden
- Subject: [cg] The Value of a Community Garden
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 08:50:33 EDT
On the Value of a Community Garden
Yesterday, Tuesday September 10th, began in our apartment with the usual
quotidian ablutions, chores - the process that propels my wife and me to our
workdays. Since the same time last year, our routine now includes an e-mail
to our son, a freshman at an out-of-town college, and and remembering to hug
each other and to say "I love you," before we brave the streets and subway.
Prior last year's events, we, like many American families generally expected
to see each other at the end of the day - we're now consciously grateful that
Like that second Tuesday of September last year, I placed some empty 5-cent
deposit soda bottles next to a sleeping homeless person while I walked my
dogs ( making sure that they didn't pee on their shopping cart of belongings)
- the hungry are very much with us. Again, like last year, I voted in a
Primary Election and stopped off at the Clinton Community Garden on the way
to the subway. I've found that many folks have taken to stopping by the
garden on the way to work as a way of starting the day, either with a cup of
coffee or a jar in hand to harvest a few tomatoes or some individual plot
flowers for the office. I like walking to the subway with a few drops of dew
from the lawn sprinkled on my shoes.
As I write this at home, before I head off to work, I hear my hard-of-hearing
neighbor's TV - a nice lady, she has the news coverage on. Uniformed
bagpipers have been marching from the city's peripheries in Long Island,
Queens and the Bronx all night and will be at the Ground Zero "Pit" in a few
minutes along with elected officials, uniformed public safety workers and the
families of the murdered.
Playing from my radio is a Bach French suite, creating with the bagpipes an
oddly appropriate quodlibet for this morning.
Last year, as block president here on West 55th Street, I helped some
survivor families get into the apartments of the murdered to collect DNA
samples from toothbrushes and combs escorting them to the WTC victims center,
in a converted pier, just west of us on the Hudson river. Since last year,
the WTC victims center has been moved to lower Manhattan and the pier ( The
"Unconvention Center" it's called, I can't make this up) is hosting a
fashion show. )
A few of these folks, currently heading downtown to walk down a ramp to place
roses in the WTC pit wanted to take me and my wife out to dinner last night,
but as she was at school and I didn't know, quite frankly, if I could accept
the gesture without breaking down, suggested that we pick up some sandwiches
at a local deli and visit the garden.
As we sat in the garden,, listened to the birds and let the green of the
place embrace us as we ate our sandwiches, it seemed right. Some of our
flowers will accompany the roses placed in the pit this morning.
God bless you all. And now to work.
Volunteer, Clinton Community Garden
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