Monday, June 6, 2011

Lessons in Gardening

I'm not much for gardening. I take that back - what I really don't like are the bugs. Digging around in dirt is actually quite fun; it's just too bad there are so many pesky little critters that bite. (Non-biters are fine so long as they don't touch me.)

Anyhoo, I was out planting some flowers the other day because I thought it might be nice for the people who may decide to buy our house. Then I moved on to our garden. Now, usually we get our gardens in on our May long weekend (3rd Monday is a holiday in Canada), but we've had so much rain and general blah kind of thing going on, that hardly anyone has managed to plant yet. On top of that, I'm not the one who usually does the planting around here - my hubby grew up on an acreage and knows what he's doing. (As an added bonus, when he cracks the proverbial whip, the kids get to work out there.)

Well, hubby has a new job in another city, so (much to the dismay of my children) I decided to plant a garden. It wouldn't be so bad if I had a rototiller, but as it is, I had to turn over the dirt of the entire garden by hand (okay, I had a shovel, but still - it's hard work!). Lest you think I'm crazy (you can't prove it anyway), it was either that or spend two more weeks weeding the darn thing...

So anyway, I'm out there turning the dirt while the kids are getting the bigger weeds, and I'm thinking I'm never going to finish this thing and it's taking me forever and a day (even though it's only taken three, it feels like waaaay longer).

And that's when it hits me.

You see, I've been working on a writing project that's been driving me bonkers because it seems to be taking forever and a day, and I honestly thought about shelving it. But then I realized that if I just keep at it - even if it's a little bit at a time - that I'll end up with something (hopefully) great. Obviously I don't know for sure if it'll be a masterpiece or anything, but just like you never know how good your garden will be (because it depends on a lot of factors that are out of your control), you just have to try your best and have faith in the outcome. I don't think I've ever been too disappointed with a planted garden, and I know that if I ditch this project, I'll always wonder if I could've made it through this "weedy" patch.

So that's what I've learned this past week. Just when you think you have it all figured out*, haha. What do you do when you hit a rough patch?

Besos!
*Let's pretend that's even possible. I pretend it all the time, and usually my kids even believe me...If they only knew...

6 comments:

~T~ said...

You're planting a garden when you're getting ready to move? Ambitious.
Wouldn't it be great if you could get the kids to help with the writing project, too? My littlest guy is great in the garden, but when I try to write, he sits on my lap and squirms. Thus it's hard to accomplish even a little bit at a time.

Medeia Sharif said...

That's so true with gardening and writing.

I've given up on gardening, but not on certain wips. Some of my wips seem neverending, but I keep working on them.

ali said...

I think that's a beautiful and totally appropriate thought. Congrats on the new job, but sorry about the move :(

Christy Monson said...

Great Analogy

Stephanie Faris said...

I think I reach that point with every manuscript. Meg Cabot even wrote about it once, during NaNoWriMo, as her inspirational pep talk. She talked about that point in every manuscript where new ideas are tugging you away and you long for that promise of a new book, new characters, especially when you reach that "murky middle" where things are tough...but you HAVE to stick with it. I've found if I can do that, the result is always good.

Katie Anderson said...

That's a really great point Tracy. I've been reading a lot of a blog called Sustainably Creative (www.sustainablycreative.net) recently. The main idea of the blog is that little and often is a great thing. Even if you don't have more than 20 mins a day to spend on a project such as writing - if you do it for 20 mins every day you'll be surprised at how much you get done.