I was feeling a bit under the weather this morning so I decided to take a day at home to rest and relax. I am not great at sitting still, or letting my mind be still, so I went for a short walk to the community garden near my apartment where we have a small plot.
It is so healing to be among the plants. To pull up some weeds. To listen to the hummingbirds buzz and chirp and watch the blue jays fly by. To hear the leaves rustle and the morning dew disappear, lifting back into the sky. To look closely at blooming flowers. So closely that you can see their little hairs and pollen, almost as if it’s oozing out of the center.
When we lived in Michigan, we had an 800 square foot garden where we grew so much food! I was canning and making jams nonstop just to keep up. Now, that garden is bigger than our current little San Francisco apartment. We waited two years on a waitlist to get our garden plot here, and it is much, much smaller than what we were accustomed to, but it’s been so nice to finally have our little piece of land to tend and grow beautiful, delicious plants.
This garden is also adjacent to a day-care center, so as I worked and watched in the garden, I could also hear songs about flowers and gardens floating through the air in high sing-songy, beautiful voices. Garden and earth-lovers in training!
This is what I would call a perfect morning.
(for more photos from this beautiful garden, please visit tsoana’s through the lens section of the site!)