Growing and Sowing Me, And Our Garden

Growing and Sowing Me, And Our Garden

My first year of gardening was a bust.  I had a 30% success rate with
direct sowing (sticking the seed in the ground).  This year, I decided
to start some seeds indoors, to have viable hearty starter plants.
Well, I put those seeds into my special starting soil, and promptly
went out of town for the first time since my twins were born.  I am a
stay at home mom.  I left my actual babies, and a bunch of seeds to
chance.  I hoped my husband would water them (the seeds, not the
kids), I guess I assumed he would know to do so.  I left explicit
lunch and dinner instructions for the babysitter to provide the kids
with nutritious and delicious meals (a stack of labeled frozen home
made and Trader Joes meals), but nothing about the seeds in their
beehive tray.
So naturally, I returned from my first business trip with leggy, wan
sprouts, unfit for life outside.
Me, on the other hand… I am robust!  After being a stay-at-home-mom
to newborn twins and a preschooler for 2 years in a new town, I am
tall and strong having done some work outside of the home, producing
mini-biographies for the Food Network series “Chopped”.
I remembered that I have a sort of skill, and that I love talking to people about
food, and about what makes them who they are.
My little seed starts, well, maybe I can babysit better them next
year.  This year, I nurtured me with some time out of the baby
greenhouse I call home.
I direct sowed in my little garden again.  And maybe we’ll just have a
million cucumbers and green beans and nothing else.  But I’ll have me,
and that will help my family grow.

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