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Twilight Gardening and Quiet Reflection

Often you’ll notice that my posts of late begin with “I remember when”. Such as when I say that I remember when I had “good” jeans without permanent mud stains on the knees. I remember when weather bothered me, I’d complain about rain or too much heat. But tonight, those things are far behind me, they don’t bother me any longer. Tonight, I’m going to start my post saying “Remember when I used to stop working at 5?”

Now at 5, I stop my corporate job and start my real one. The kids are home, homework is out and dinner needs fixing. Chickens need tending and the garden needs attention. Last night was the first time that we let the chickens out into the run, after getting them acquainted with their new coop for the last few days. They used the chicken ramp for the first time, which took them just short of forever to figure out.

Suddenly, the sun was going down, the chickens were putting themselves back into the coop and I was still digging in the garden and planting the next wave of flowers.  I found the world around me falling quiet while the moon rose above the coop.  Instead of packing up and quitting at twilight, I enjoyed the moments of peace and solitude. It was a moment that reminded me that I’m SO happy that I don’t stop working at 5 anymore just to sit idle on the sofa until bedtime. I am living my life the best way that I know how, finding satisfaction in quiet moments like those and enjoying the everyday magic that I’ve come to rely upon in this world.

This life also gives us the opportunity to be empathetic, reflective souls and to remind us to appreciate what we sometimes take for granted. While I tucked those flowers into the dirt under the moon, I thought of those who have lost everything in Oklahoma. People there are still searching for their children while mine were tucked safely into their beds. That is not lost on me. While I know there is little that I can do for them short of donating, I can make sure that every moment that I am with my loved ones, I appreciate them. I can be reminded every day to honor what I’ve been given by respecting my home, my life and my loves.

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Comment by Jennifer on May 21, 2013 at 10:46am

What a lovely reminder to take a moment every day. Thanks, Michelle.

Comment by Robin Bliss on May 21, 2013 at 6:13pm
What a lovely piece. I often garden late into the evening, it is so quiet and peaceful then. We have so much to be thankful for.

Comment by Michelle Wire on May 21, 2013 at 8:58pm

Thank you, Robin! Im glad to hear someone loves it like I do, more people should join us! And we do indeed have much to appreciate:)

Comment by Karin Bosela on May 22, 2013 at 6:30am

That is one of the most touching and inspirational things I've read in a while.  It took me back to when I lived in Ohio on my parents farm and our family would tend the garden together in the evening, then sit outside and talk. Children actually communicated with their folks then; no cell phones, ipods or MP3 players disrupted our lives and we learned to be creative, imaginative, resourceful and sustainable from our parents. Thanks for bringing those memories back to the forefront of my mind.

Comment by Rick Nichols on May 22, 2013 at 10:08pm

With my wife and I, some times it's supper at the picnic table, then surprise, those tomatoes could use watering, better go check on the peas, hey here are some spring peas for tomorrow supper salad, let me help tie up those grapevines, work, talk, plan. Together, we get a lot done in these after supper hours, but we get a lot more said, even if it's not aloud.

Comment by Michelle Wire on May 22, 2013 at 10:59pm

Rick,  you sound an awful like my Butch and I. Our peripheral vision always offers something else to be done, and he LOVES tasks, so we "do" instead of rest idle and chat about it. He likes to be moving and working towards our shared goal (even if I forget about it sometimes) of sustainability and off the grid. I follow along begrudgingly for one moment, and then remember he's the man Ive dreamt of because he "gets it". You must be the guys who gets it!! Quiet moment in the garden are really what beautiful moment are about. Im glad you have them.

Comment by Rick Nichols on May 23, 2013 at 10:44pm

Thanks, we try! Tonight it's get things ready for Memorial Day Weekend, Company Picnic and cookout. Deviled Eggs, Duck Pâté, and veggie plate. Someone else is supplying Smoked Hog and I think we will take some homemade beer and wine. Then it will be back to work, and try to get some lettuce and kale in the ground.

Comment by Jennifer on May 28, 2013 at 9:24am

Rick: Deviled eggs and duck pâté? I'm coming to your house for the 4th of July. Recipes (and photos), please!


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