Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Things I have learned from weeds
Today was a beautiful day and what do us Northwest Washington folk do in good weather such as this?We get in the garden or play outside! So with Noodle Nose off on his every other week obligation, I have a moment to get outside to mow the lawn and (ugh...) weed the garden.
So here I am in the garden; the side that I mostly neglect since the beginning of my forced single parent days and continuing on in to my no longer single and incredibly happy days. Anyway... I'm in the neglected garden and I am (ever so vigorously) yanking these weeds out of the dirt to make room for more interesting things like flowers and corn and beans.
As I am ever so vigorously tearing these weeds out, I notice some things: First of all the weeds that I am vigorously yanking are nightshade. If anyone has or have had to deal with nightshade you understand what an INCREDIBLY PERSISTENT bugger of a mess it can be! I have dealt with it in my backyard veggie garden for the duration of my residence at my sweet Maryland house and still haven't maintained it completely; although that is courtesy of my 'behind' neighbor house which is a rental and therefore not on the landlord's radar.
Second thing I notice: It is so very persistent that you pull one bit and it breaks, leaving the "main root" in the ground. This is no good because it will just grow back. The cool thing about this "persistent" weed is that if you keep pulling at the remaining pieces around the piece that you broke off (or any piece, really), the "main weed" (the one deep in the ground) eventually gives a 'harumph' and magically an entire (HUGE) community of giant nightshade weed metropolous that has been slumbering and growing deep down in the ground simply loosens, allowing you to pull it out of the ground and toss in the garbage where it belongs. Ok, I may be imagining the 'harumph' but it is quite interesting how you're pulling and pulling thinking the root is never going to come up and then, like a lightswitch being turned on, the whole thing just 'gives up'
The moral of my earthshattering discovery (maybe only earthshattering to me):? You may have a recurring, annoying, terribly terrible, good for nothing, lame, stupid, cocky, overassuming, overdeserving 'something' in your life, but do not give up! Keep pulling in the right places and you will absolutely pull it up (a.k.a. get rid of it) That thing, whatever your 'thing' may be, no matter how persistent it thinks it is, will eventually give in to your 'pulling', give it's theatrical 'harumph' and give in.
This gives me enormous hope. I hope it does for you too. Whatever your 'nightshade' may be.