2 days, 7 rows:: lessons learned in the garden

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The order of events, planned so carefully two weeks ago kept taunting me.  I was behind, and I hadn’t even started yet. 
The reasons were legitimate—weather (and more weather) and illness had intervened, throwing my plan off track.
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But now, there was really no excuse.  The only thing keeping me from planting, was me.  Motivated by my own lack of motivation, I dashed outdoors between rain showers and during naptime.
IMG_2673Within minutes, I felt the old, familiar rhythm.  The portable baby monitor, my constant companion, assuring me that all was well in the Land of Nod.  Songs of birds I didn’t know had arrived filled my ears.  Fresh, moist dirt awaiting the arrival of new nuggets of promised life.  In a short time, success: two rows of peas, with one of radishes in between.  The feeling of accomplishment was incredible.
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Fueled by my success, I returned to the garden the following morning; this time with a muddy-mittened helper whose presence, I am ashamed to say, caused me more frustration than necessary. 
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Racing rain clouds, my concentration on planting depths and seed spacing, was interrupted by a constant stream of chirping words, requests, and 2-year-old demands and complaints.  Tension mounted, my plans de-railed.  A fortuitous visit from Cowboy put everything in perspective: “He’s excited to be outside.” 
Yes.  How could I resent these expressions of the same joy I had felt the day before from someone so young, so full of wonder?
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I struggled to steer my thoughts and attitudes back to the path they should be on.  We managed to plant 4 rows together: two of spinach, two of Swiss Chard.  And I returned to the house with my wee one, thankful for lessons learned in patience, exuberance, grace, and forgiveness. 
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Please consider joining Fleecnik Farm’s Plant-a-Row Challenge to help the hungry in your area.
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#32-37, on my way to 1,000 . . .
#32—grace
#33—thoughtful birthday wishes
#34—a nap that went much easier than anticipated
#35—toddler help in the garden
#36—waiting for the first sprouts
#37—motivation
Find inspiration in the community of gratitude @ A Holy Experience.
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