Monday, January 26, 2004

I'm a cabbage patch kid.

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I don't think I've mentioned that sometime before Chirstmas, my mom began having back, hip and leg problems.  I've been going over there and helping as much as I can. This morning, she wanted my help. No..I'll rephrase that, she needed my help with her personal care, house work, and of course, taking Rocky, their 12 year old dachshund out for a walk. I was feeling a little gloomy this morning. Partly because the weather was gloomy. As I walked with Rocky in my parent's backyard, the backyard I have known all my life, I stayed in daddy's garden for almost an hour, in the cold. Funny, I didn't feel cold at the moment. If you've looked at the album up there, you understand. For as long as I can remember there has been in a garden in that spot. It used to be about a 1/2 acre larger. This is his winter garden. Broccoli, turnip greens, cabbage, winter onions. A little this, and that. In the summer, big sweet, juicy tomatoes, pole beans, butter beans (called limas by most) etc.. The list goes on. When my brother asked mom how he got here, she felt he was too young for the speech and blurted out, "we found you under a cabbage leaf" He bought it! Well, it would make sense to a 4 year old, if your daddy grows cabbage, wouldn't it? This is the garden where I walked beside daddy, putting seeds in the rows for him. At the end of the day, he would say, "Daddy's girl sure was a big help today!" I felt so proud of myself, I am sure I glowed. I loved getting my hands in the soft soil, I loved the smell of fresh tilled dirt. Sadly (a thought I avoid), when mama and daddy go to Heaven, it will be my place to do the gardening. I won't let his legacy die. He's well known in the neighborhood as The Gardener. I just hope I can learn as much as he wants me to. I decided today to be that little helper again, to learn all I can absorb from him. I will soon go over and take pictures of him working his masterpiece. I will treasure those pictures like gold. Soon, it began to sprinkle again, I actually let it hit my face like I did when I was little. I breathed in and smiled a huge smile. What a beautiful day to remember.  

8 comments:

jamcs605 said...

The smell of fresh tilled dirt, oh how I love that smell and when a seed starts to grow and first breaks the soil with its arched back and the sweet smell of rain. Oh thank you Mia for giving such a wonderful gift of words today to help me remember Spring and Summer. The feel of rain. Sometimes I sit in the gardens just for all the things you mentioned. How beautiful that cabbage is and 'found under a cabbage leaf' how cute. I hope you have more pictures like this soon.

jamcs605 said...

I'm too wordy tonight, I got cut off. I'd like to see more of these garden pictures, maybe with your Dad at work in it.

freeepeace said...

Beautiful garden. What a lovely day, out with the doggie, in the garden, in the crisp clear air! Nice! Tell me, did your brother turn every cabbage leaf looking for another sibling? [uhh... does that make him a Cabbage Patch Kid?] :P

aims814 said...

Awe, thanks Jan. I knew you'd appreciate the photos, being the gardener you are :) And, yes I will take pictures as soon as I catch daddy out there working.
Freee-Yes, we are cabbage patch kids, lol! Only, Randy told me that I arrived in a basket, like Moses. :P My brother! Had me sure of it too!

asnyandrews said...

Hey Mia, Is that crabapple tree still there? I loved that tree!!!
Love ya! Sonya

slowmotionlife said...

What a beautiful entry to READ.... I read this one in slow motion, the only way it should be enjoyed, I think... so beautiful! And your photos are really lovely.. the mist, the garden, the thought of your father there, huddled over his little crop. You, as a child, the fresh scent of soil and rain... I'm right there with you. Wonderful! :)

miarenee24 said...

Awe, thanks everyone for the nice comments :) I was glad to share this with you, and will take more photos to post soon. Sonya! Where have you been, girl? No :( the crabapple tree was damaged during a storm, several years ago. Remember how we'd eat'em, till our tummies ached? Fun memories

babyshark28 said...

oooh, that is soooo lovely. I LOVE to work the soil as well. weeding. planting. digging. love it. and I love reading what you wrote, beautiful. and those cabbages...georgous! love that color.
so, did your brother ever develope a particular fondness to cabbages?? lol