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During the Summer You will Find me...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

In my garden! I have had a vegetable garden every year since I first moved out on my own! I didn't get to have one for the past 2 years because we thought we were going to move and wanted to keep the yard in grass. When I was a little girl I remember spending long hot beautiful summer days with my grandma and grandpa in their gardens. The smells are wonderful. I was about 5 years old when I ate cabbage for the first time. My grandpa cut the head straight from the garden. He took a bite then got his salt shaker (he carried it in his pocket when we went to the garden) he shook some salt on it and gave the head to me to take a bite! "But grandpa" I said- "don't we need to wash it?" "Nah" he said "-it's just a little dirt and it won't hurt cha!" "But what about bugs?" I asked. "Well," he said in his long slow drawl-and his little laugh (I can still hear to this day!) "those bugs don't eat much!" and then he said "those bugs won't hurt cha!" That was the best cabbage I have ever eaten! And I believe that to this day! A little dirt and bugs won't hurt cha! It does a body, mind, heart and soul some good! People are weird these days. Afraid of everything. Get out side. Take your kids outside. Find your inner child! Lay on your back and make pictures out of the clouds, watch the ants on a ant hill, listen to the birds talking to each other, make wishes on the dandelion plumes then blow them away, pick the wild Mulberries and raspberries you see on the side of a road. Eat them right then and there! Blow the dang dust off and enjoy the carefree joys of life. Get messy! It doesn't cost a thing and it will give everlasting memories-that mean more than all the money in the world. I love you grandpa, grandma. I miss you. You live on... through me! -thanks for this wonderful gift of gardening!

Note: I burn more calories in my gardens then anywhere else! emoticon
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  • SUZY6281
    I love to garden, but haven't been able to do it where we currently live. When we finally go shopping for a new house, I'm going to be looking for one that will allow me a huge garden. Nothing better than fresh veggies from the garden. My mom cans everything from her garden and some of my favorite memories are helping her do that.

    Enjoy yourself. The best kind of exercise is the kind you like doing.
    suzy
    4171 days ago
  • DRJJ2004
    Thanks for the memories! We were always out in the garden when staying with my great grandparents. They were amish and I remember thinking..what in the world would we do there? No tv..just radio. We had the best time there. Always outside..in the garden, strawberry patch, playing in the creek with the cows! I miss them..thanks again!
    4172 days ago
  • DANCETAXI22
    Awwww!!! This reminded me of growing up in Idaho! We went camping A LOT!!! There was always dirt and bugs! You are totally right, kids should learn to be outside and get messy. I remember being out in our yard all the time! Things have changed a lot. I have raised a total pansy, and I love her so much. She is not an outdoor kind of girl though, unless she is basking in the sun by the pool! LOL!

    Thanks for the post! It was a nice walk down memory lane!

    Take care,

    Danette
    4175 days ago
  • MONEYSTRETCHER
    I so want to be able to garden. I have a few plants, but I can't take care of a garden yet. I love your story.
    4177 days ago
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