(a tiny pumpkin, just beginning)
As much as I'd love to catechize, I am not the teacher but the student. And, I am learning so very much.
(the garden expansion. it's a blank slate, kinda like me.)
(the tomatoes are doing okay, but the acorn squash have faltered.)
Patience is a virtue, as we all know, and there is no place better to practice it than in a garden. No matter how many times I inspect those peppers, they are not going to grow any faster. Oh, they'd be fast and large with a bit of chemical fertilizer, but they'd also be bland and would leave me feeling cheap and empty. No, sometimes, I just have to wait.
(bell pepper buds)
I could also take a deep breath and inhale the freshness of the dew on the cabbages. And, when I'm calm again, I could dig down deep enough to discover the rocks and debris below the pretty, superficial topsoil.
Oh, sure. The kids might go in there and knock something over or a mole might get in and munch the root vegetables. A hurricane did actually hit! But it doesn't help to curse at the wind. Maybe if I spend more time showing those kids how to treat the stalks gently...
Yes, this is metaphor, folks. A little trite, but nonetheless true.
Chances are, I can always look to myself for a solution, even when there is a confluence of events beyond my control. I just ask myself what my own part might be. If I'm honest and patient and hard-working, if I enjoy the successes and bear the failures, then I will be rewarded with a gold star in the corner of my paper. Or a big bowl of bush beans.
In the words of Billy Joel, Honesty is such a lonely wo-ord. It is lonely sometimes to take responsibility, to be honest, in a world that seems to be built on deflecting blame and stealing credit. But, there's no room for that nonsense in a garden. I go to my classroom, especially in autumn, and my teacher pats me gently and knowingly on the back and says, I am here with you and I will help you learn. Let's start with these cucumbers...
WISHES AND THANKFULS:
I wish today for patience and to look to myself, not just in the garden but in life.
I am thankful for all great teachers.