Wednesday, June 11, 2008
To the Garden
For some reason, this article about home gardening really cheered me up this morning. It actually made me think: "Take that Monsanto!" I know it's a ridiculous thought, that a handful of home gardeners could take a bite out of the corporate seed monster, moreover, I know it's entirely besides the point. But I like so much that people are just going out and digging into their own backyards. It's the kind of thrift and industry that David Brooks would approve of. After reading the whole article (even the repetitive parts), I turned to my husband and said, "This makes me want to garden." He gave me a look. Because he knows full well I've never wanted to garden, and the kind of follow through required by gardening has never been my best thing. Besides, we live in an apartment without a real windowsill, so I can't even have a window box with an herb garden and even if I could I probably wouldn't. But in a few years we might have a backyard. In a few years, I might have more time to garden and I might be better on the follow through. And maybe I'll put up some laundry lines so we can hang laundry out to dry, too! But I won't can. And I won't dry flowers. Dried flowers make me sad. In books they're always falling out of old bibles, and those scenes always make me weep, and gardening will be all about blooming possibility and composting for the future. Huzzah!