We’re off and away.
We’re off to great places. Today is our day. Our mountain is waiting. We’re well on our way.
May the changing of the calendar bring forth fresh for you. Fresh thoughts, fresh ideas, fresh energy, or any other freshening up your heart may be seeking.
I’ve missed time outside. Missed may be too gentle of a word. Craved? Yearned? Viscerally required..
With the more potent creatures of energy in this house discovering, pounding upon, and vocally barraging any boundary set before them… bedtime has fallen.
And with it, any hope at a regular visit to the garden in the evenings. Even with the garden a mere fifteen feet from the back door, it may seem miles these days.
Such that a large Black Prince splits one day and mildews in its splits the next.
I have my seeds for the next solstice now at least.
The okra is coming in slowly. Curious. Not enough at once for even a side dish. Perhaps the ten or so plants will gain momentum and I’ll rue this day soon enough.
A melon has appeared in the green beans. Did I plant that? This year? Or was it last?
The zinnias are, finally, holding true to promises of summer blooms. I hope the fun pops of pink and orange will continue as the heat climbs higher. The nasturtiums are hanging on, the troopers.
The corn lost the battle with gravity after the second flattening. The storm two weeks back took out the corn, half the tomatoes, and both windshields on my car (via tree.)
I should really remove it but have to move the beautifully composted compost out of the cooked pile first and… time in the garden is left wanting.
So happy solstice, y’all. From one still sunlit corner of the world, brightened ever more my a smaller sun mimic, to yours. May the ride down the backside of this year’s coaster be joyful, healthful, and grateful.
Five years hence, I felt a swell of joy. Anticipation. Amplification.
Five weeks in, cessation.
Five weeks more, awareness.
Five weeks further, separation.
I gathered seeds that weekend, to memorialize.
I’ve sown them each memorial weekend since.
They, as their motive, didn’t take.
I still, mostly, don’t say.
I still, mostly, can’t stand.
So I still, mostly, let sway.
Happy day to all of the mamas. The mamas of biology and the mamas of love. The mamas of circumstance and the mamas of the moment.
These weren’t far under.
A picnic on blankets and chairs. His wrinkled cheeks under his chubby ones. Her hair cascading down her growing back. My toes, tiny, covered in dirt and red polish. His toes, tiny, covered in purple sparkle shine. We eat snow peas from ten feet away and listen to the bees on the broccoli and radish.
I don’t joke when I show my garden to others, introducing it as My Happy Place.