Thursday, September 29, 2011

Good Intentions



Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we plant…and then we leave.


My intentions were good.


1. Plant seeds.

2. Harvest vegetables.

3. Stock freezer.

4. Cook like someone living on the road system. (Cha-ching!)


Sadly, somewhere between planting and cooking things went terribly wrong.




I planted too late, didn’t have any stakes, and was forced to leave for vacation with the disappointing knowledge that I’d likely return to find my mini-garden full of sticks and dried up leaves.


What a surprise to find an overgrown jungle crowding the pane of my classroom window, thick ropey stems straining toward sunlight, leaves pressing for position against the glass.


Not only had the plants survived, they had thrived!


It seems I’d underestimated the botanical will to live.


Of course, no one was there to pollinate the blossoms, so the profusion of foliage was just that—a matted mess—lots of green, but nothing to glean.


Heavy sigh.


Sometimes I feel like a walking idiom. I bite off more than I can chew while simultaneously lighting both ends of my candle with all those sizzling hot irons that I keep in the fire.


And I plant seeds that I don't have time to care for.


It’s hard not to see the parallel in other areas of my life and such were my heavy thoughts as I snipped stems and tossed the tangle into the trash.


Imagine my astonishment upon finding these...




My heart did a little happy dance. :)



So maybe there’s hope for a walking idiom after all?



9 comments:

S N B said...

B and I were just talking about you this week and wondering what had happened to you. So glad you are back!

Novice Naturalist said...

Always happy to see a post. Enjoyed that greenery in the window--love twisty lush vines. I'm back in the south now and see expansive kudzu every day on my walk. Enjoy Alaska every moment. I sure am homesick for it at the same time I am glad to be 'home'!

Debby Dahl Edwardson said...

Neat--someone looked after them. I bet the kids were impressed. Welcome back!

Kimberlee said...

SNB...
Thank you so much for thinking of me! I've decided that blogging and reading favorite blogs of others are important to my mental health! So, I'm going to try to to stay on track this time. :)

Novice Naturalist...
Kudzu is exactly what I thought of when I saw the garden gone wild. I'm guessing you haven't gotten your first snow down there, huh? lol

Debby...
The kids were very surprised to see those two cherry tomatoes. I'll probably try to plant more in the spring. Thanks for stopping by! Did you notice my link for your book Whale Snow on the sidebar? Great story!

Dog Hair in my Coffee said...

Oh hurray, hurray, you're back. I've MISSED you! And I ADORE this post. It's me, to a T. I'm glad you got two little tomatoes, too. Promise that there IS a point to planting those seeds... and hey, two (tomatoes) in the hand is worth... well, you know.
Glad you're back.

Jackie said...

This reminds me of our mini-garden attempt. You may have seen our Aerogarden this summer? It's been going since spring when Mary asked me if we could grow some vegetables. We have harvested exactly 3 cucumbers and have yet to see a single blossom on the tomatoes though their folliage continues to grow into the lights despite my pruning efforts.

"Walking idiom" - I'm right there with ya.

Debby Dahl Edwardson said...

Kimberlee--Yes, I did notice. Thank you, very much. My new book will be released tomorrow. More on my blog: http://wordsfromthetop.blogspot.com. Glad to hear you're off to the start of a good year. Beautiful fall sun here in Barrow...

Floridacracker said...

Hooray!
You're back!

Let the snow begin!

Kimberlee said...

Laurie...
Thank you so much for the encouragement! And, yes, I'm sure you do know EXACTLY how I feel! :) It feels good to be back in the blogosphere.


Jackie...
Three cucumbers is something to be excited about! I have no idea how those two little tomatoes of mine survived. :) Maybe next year...huh?

Debby...
Thanks for the link...I'll check it out.

FC...
Thanks, FC. You were exactly right. The snow has already arrived! Yay! No more muddy boots!