About the Gangsta

I didn’t choose the gardener’s life. The gardener’s life chose me.  My mother has always been an avid gardener and I suppose that is what spurred my interest. When I was a kid she would spend all day digging in the dirt, and come inside the house at the end of the long day, fingers stained by the dirt, with a look of utter exhaustion juxtaposed with pure contentment. I never really got it then, but as I get older, I feel the flowers calling to me. I’m happy to have inherited that feeling from her, and from her mother before her.  It makes me feel as if I’m carrying on a tradition.
There is nothing like the feeling when the winter blanket gives way to the long-awaited  spring thaw and exposes the burgeoning beauty that has been sleeping all winter.  Soon those tiny buds transform into the deep green canopy that I seem to forget every winter, and remember every spring.  It hits me just like the child who sees something for the first time – a joyous sense of wonderment – every single time.

I’m an engineer by day, and that job is very logical, very regimented.  I suppose gardening is an outlet. In both jobs, I get to create, but there’s something about gardening that allows me to be both creative and messy at the same time. And I do love making a mess; ask my wife.  Engineering demands perfection, while gardening is forgiving.

Plants existed way before us and will continue to exist until way after we’re gone.  Plants don’t need our help; they know what to do.  More often than not our interference is to their detriment.  They come back in the spring, and die in the fall;  and, in that way, they’re as constant as the stars.  Gardening is a reminder to me how small we are and how insignificant our problems are in the grand scheme.  It is humbling.  We only rent these bodies for a short time. You’ve got to stop and smell the roses.

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