24 July 2013

La Belle's Hobby Farm: The First Fruits

The best fertilizer is the gardener's shadow. 
~ Author Unknown


I
have picked my first two cucumbers! Only now do I truly feel like a gardener.

Which is just silly.  Because if I hadn’t been a gardener before the cucs bloomed and fruited ~ weeding, composting, planting, pruning, watering, and weeding some more ~ then they wouldn’t have bloomed and fruited.

And then I realized that’s how I live: focusing on the destination to the exclusion of the present scenery.  Goals are great, and necessary to an extent.  But 1) they don’t get my blood pumping, and 2) if all you all live for is the end goal, you never enjoy getting there.

And that’s just sad.

Honestly, how boring would life be without the (now funny) mishaps and crazy moments of beauty that catch us by surprise along the way?  Would you read a book where the heroine takes a journey where nothing happens along the way?  She left her home, walked through a forest, and arrived at the wizard’s abode just in time for tea.

Yawn.

The story lies in the obstacles, challenges, romance, and heartbreak that she encounters.  She may arrive at the wizard’s just as the kettle begins to whistle, dirty and stained from a battle with a dryad, or limping from the slash of a sword, but at least now she has something entertaining to say over her cup of Earl Grey!  You didn’t know they drank that in fairy land, did you?

So far, I haven’t met up with any new Charlottes, but I did “pick” two tomato worms covered in wasp larvae ~ gotcha!  All in all ~ a bountiful harvest for the first fruits.

© 2013 Mikaela D’Eigh
  

© 2013 Mikaela D’Eigh
Oremus pro invicem,
~ Mikaela

Are you paying attention to your surroundings while on your journey?  Or are you too focused on the goal to see the beauty around you?  Maybe it’s time to make that your goal, too.
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