I was out in the garden for a bit today after work. The weather is perfect- sunny and about 70- so I thought I'd start in on cleaning out the frost killed plants. I could only work for a little while because we had to have an early (for us!) dinner because I15 has to be back at school by 730 for band rehearsal. He has a super busy week with band activities. Tonight is rehearsal. Tomorrow is the City High homecoming parade. Friday the band not only marches in the University homecoming parade but also plays halftime at the high school football game immediately after. Saturday there is a marching band invitational contest and Sunday is his last parking lot cleanup. Whew! Then he has a rest until next weekend which is the state marching band contest. We're planning to go to the competition this Saturday since it is at City High and they're performing their entire routine (usually they do a bit at a time at the football games). I'll be sure to take my camera.
But, back to the garden. I thought I'd start in on the peppers and eggplants since they are much less messy to pull than tomatoes. Imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered that there are a few pepper plants that seem to have bits still alive! The peppers became quite unruly this summer and several fell over each other or were in various stages of being engulfed by rogue tomato vines. This shelter seems to have saved a few of the lower branches. I've got a few branches left on an Anaheim, two hot Hungarian wax plants and a bell. Sadly none of the jalapenos or sweet Italians made it. And no tomatoes or eggplants survived. I was also amazed that when I went to pick a few frost nipped little zucchini for the chickens that one plant, while all the leaves are frost bitten and brown, is beginning to send out new little leaves and blossoms on the end of the vine. Life is truly amazingly resilient.
And of course... since my mind never stops pondering while I work, this resilience led to 'deep thoughts'. I think we all need to be more like those little garden plants- overcoming adversity and doing things our own way. I have been distressed at the level of angst among many bloggers I follow due to the election. People on both sides are murmuring about doom and gloom if their guy doesn't win. You know what I think? (since this is my blog I'm going to tell you even if you don't want to know!) While the president does have power over some things. I don't really think the outcome will be vastly different regardless of which candidate wins. We have the responsibility to take charge of our own lives and be resilient no matter what befalls us. The country will not suddenly end, life as we know it will not cease to be, we will not suddenly be forced to roll over and play dead. The government will not determine the values I teach my children. I decide. I am in the driver's seat of my life. I may not always like the road I'm given to travel but the journey is mine to make. I need to work on making myself more like my peppers. Able to stand up to a frost or two along the way and still be productive. And if there are things I don't like, it becomes my responsibility to work on changing them as much as I can in my life and my corner of the world.
Honestly, I'm more worried about climate change and big ag (and how little seems to be being done about any of that) than I am about the election. I just wish the ads would stop and that the campaigns would be honest.