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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.