You've heard that phrase before...keeping up with the Joneses. It's about having it all and then some. The bigger, the better.
I was thinking about all of this while eyeing my garden that will soon again produce our fresh food and satisfy my indulgence of playing in the dirt. And then the thought came to me. Way back when, gardeners were filled with pride and joy over their little plot of land. Not the big, beautiful house. Nor the fancy car in the driveway. Just the GARDEN!
The garden of yesteryear. It made your back ache and your hands calloused, but it brought a sense of pride from working your land to provide for your family. A true connection to the soil was the status symbol of keeping up with the Joneses.
I am so fortunate to live in the country with a lake in our backyard with plenty of neighbors all around. And what is sad is that no one gardens. I take pride in my garden and enjoy those neighbors who admit they had to come over and take a peek.
I had one retired neighbor admit to me that he had to bring his house guests to my back yard to show them my garden. Those guests said it was one of the nicest gardens they've ever seen. Now I admit, they probably haven't seen too many gardens or they were just being nice. But who cares?
In my own simplistic right, I'm keeping up with the Joneses. It's about having it all and then some...with just my garden.
Have a pickin' cool Monday,