Yes, I understand that we are lucky to be healthy and safe at home. And of course I am grateful to have no symptoms of any disease, and beyond happy that all our children and their families are healthy as well.
OK, but now what?
We are obeying the advice about social isolation, so our options are not great.
So when Harvey said, “Let’s get out of the house for a while,” I practically smothered him with enthusiasm.
The destination was not to be any place spectacular, but even doing the smallest, simplest something would be special. And we won’t have to hear the word “Pandemic” for a while.
And so we found ourselves at a large outdoor nursery at the best time of year: spring expectation time. The pallets that would be filled with spring bulbs and new plants and endless enthusiasm were about to come to life.
And so were we.
We walked around the empty grounds that would soon be filled with eager gardeners planning their 2020 spring plantings.
Planning gardens are joy producing. Because planning brings the expectation that such happiness would be ours again some day. These frightening days would be behind us and we will once again have the expectation of taking good health for granted.
After hiking through the empty outdoor display areas, we decided to check out the indoor space for supplies that we’ll need in just a few weeks to get our garden growing. Fertilizers, potting soil, garden stakes , and other garden necessities.
And then I saw a small planter. It sat on a back shelf at eye level. It was unusual, and was the only one like it in the entire store. It was an oddball piece that I found myself looking at over and over again. I really didn’t need a small planter and had no plant in mind to put into it, but it had a charm that I found captivating.
So we bought it.
It is still blustery outdoors, and fears still grow about the Coronavirus pandemic, but I look at the little treasure of ours and picture it filled with tulips and other joyful flowers of spring. Then I think that there will be a day, hopefully in the near future, when we will be able to enjoy spring, flowers, and the warmth of the sun on our winter bedraggled bodies.