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Re: now elderly wisdom (or any other kind)

Chris, that sounds like the introduction E.B. White wrote in the book
'Onward and Upward in the Garden', a series of articles written by his wife.
He was amazed at her sitting at the table in winter, graphing and charting
where all of her bulbs would go that she would never live to see bloom.
That's my favorite part of the whole book. Your mother must have been an
amazing woman.

Andrea H
Beaufort, SC
Zone 8b

----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris" <chris@widom-assoc.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, January 24, 2003 10:41 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] now elderly wisdom (or any other kind)

> I'm sure others have had this experience, but when my mother was dying
> of pancreatic cancer I remember how she planted bulbs and daylilies and
> other plants that she probably would never see in bloom.  What courage
> and hope for the future is in the act of planting!
> Fondly,
>  Chris
> Long Island, NY
> Zone 7
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Pamela J. Evans
> Sent: Friday, January 24, 2003 8:05 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] now elderly wisdom (or any other kind)
> Theresa, as long as there's breath in your body and the sun rises every
> morning, there is always hope. We have good days and bad, but hope and
> faith will keep you going every time. And what is gardening, but an
> exercise in hope and faith? We have faith those bulbs we plant in fall
> will be beautiful flowers in Spring. We hope those seeds we start will
> germinate and that the birds will eat all the grasshoppers. Planting
> something is the finest proof that we believe in the future. Simplistic,
> perhaps. But think about it. And Claire gal - right on!!
> Pam
> ---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
> From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
> Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date:  Fri, 24 Jan 2003 05:28:28 -0500 (EST)
> >Claire: As someone still struggling to find less unsettling territory
> in
> >my life (but relishing the lessons that come with that struggle,
> >nonetheless)...thanks for the inspiration of your reassurance...you
> >speak very eloquently and really give me something to look forward to.
> >
> >
> >
> >Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> >
> >"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> >--Albert Einstein
> >
> > --- On Fri 01/24,  < ECPep@aol.com > wrote:
> >From:  [mailto: ECPep@aol.com]
> >To: gardenchat@hort.net
> >Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2003 00:14:09 EST
> >Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: now elderly ramblings< now elderly wisdom (or
> any other kind o...
> >
> >In a message dated 1/23/03 10:39:18 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> >tchessie@yahoo.com writes:
> >
> >
> >> OK-  somebody quick tell me the secret- how do you keep going
> everyday and
> >> not just want to scream or stay in bed all day!  This has been a
> >> particularly bad week- but- man I need to win the lottery so I can
> retire
> >> and play in my garden instead of going to work!  I actually had to
> talk to
> >> my staff about cleaning up after themselves today
> >>
> >> So- how do you all keep your sanity??
> >
> >
> >That is a truly good question and will attract a variety of answers
> related
> >to age.  Passing 50 to 55, one knows that life is filled with reverses
> and
> >that every day is not a great day.  Following this, you also know the
> sun
> >comes up and the clock keeps ticking and you will be here tomorrow.
> Looking
> >back over your years, you understand the situations that made you crazy
> at 30
> >or 40, you were equal to.  You just don't know it at the time.  As the
> years
> >go on, you do know you are equal to any disaster that may come your
> way.  I
> >think I can say this with some confidence as you are not writing
> messages on
> >the Internet if you have lost your sanity in your youth.  There is no
> secret,
> >youth is unsettled, aging cures that.
> >
> >It all gets easier, you gain more confidence, you find ways to deal
> with
> >problems and if you have a garden and have the peace of a garden you
> are
> >blessed once more.  Painters or anyone who learns to paint along the
> way
> >seems to have the same peaceful outlook.  The sense of responsibility
> that
> >prompted this original message will be the same sense that will carry
> you
> >through the years.  If one asks this question, he is searching and will
> find
> >a way.   The older we get the more likely it is to hear criticism of
> youth,
> >it is so easy to forget.  Asking questions and searching for answers is
> a
> >good thing.  Making decisions is the other problem.
> >
> >Claire Peplowski
> >NYS z4 Cold here too, but with tons of snow and ice and WIND.  Could
> anything
> >be alive out there?
> >
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