but the upside is a lush garden. and new flowers. tangible evidence that with enough water and light, things will grow.
which reminds me. one of my favorite lyrics by the glorious sara bareilles is:
as soon as you start making room for the parts that aren't you, it gets harder to bloom.
there are words before and after that phrase, but i want to stop there because that's the message. i'm reminded every time i pull a weed out of the compost, what does and doesn't belong in my garden. flea beetles? no! the deer peeking out behind the corn? of course not! and don't get me started on the family of squirrels making a home in the trees above the shed, dangerously close to swooping down and grabbing a bite of something tasty.
what belongs there are the plants we put into the ground with our hands on that cloudy tuesday evening on the eve of may. with six o'clock looming around the corner and supper with nanno waiting. back when he was around and still holding our hands around the kitchen table.
my friends, don't let anything crowd your garden. not rude people, not deadlines, not traffic, not busy, faceless phone lines, not stormclouds or sticky heat, and especially not anything or anyone that questions the beauty of your blooms.
don't make room for them.
and if by some act of nature they sneak their way in, just do what we do. tie an aluminum pan to a string and pray for a gust of wind to come, strong enough to startle them and rattle their weasly butts on out.
the winner of the mixed tape project giveaway is: jessica miller from delightfully unspeakable joy
email@example.com) and i'll get your CD in the mail!*
*i'm planning on creating a playlist of all the songs and having it up here this week!