Last night my son and I were watering our vegetable/herb garden at dusk and the smell was so achingly familiar. Of lavender and tomatoes and sage and basil. And dark wet soil. Grassy and fecund. It was the smell of the community garden plot that I nurtured for a decade. What rich and pleasant memories that scent evoked.
Oddly enough, our garden is not at the wee corner bungalow where we moved last fall. Our garden is at a house down the street, where we will move at the end of this month. After eight months of living on this busy corner we realized that it was time to seek somewhere a bit quieter, with a bit more space and no grass (because who wants grass when there are so many other lovely less-thirsty plants to enjoy?). It also has a pergola-covered back patio for our late summer evening parties and a small back house for a robotics workshop/guest lodging.
So, a few weeks ago we moved our raised garden bed plantings over to the new place, a barrow-full at a time. Everything survived the move and is thriving in its new raised-bed location. We even picked our first tomatoes and peppers yesterday!
While I am over-the-moon excited about the new house, lately I’ve been wondering whether I simply move too much. At last count, I’ve moved 14 (soon to be 15) times in the past two decades, which doesn’t even account for my sabbatical wanderings last summer. There’s no moss growing on this rolling stone, that’s for sure! But…I am starting to think that it’s time to put down roots for awhile, rather than living lightly and moving on so readily.
Being mobile is exciting and freeing, but it also has its consequences–one never has to invest much when one knows that everything is only temporary. In so many ways, my mobility has been a defense mechanism, to prevent me from caring too much about any one place or any specific community. It also simply doesn’t seem to fit me anymore. After all these years of being able to pack up and move on a dime, I want to stay put for awhile and accumulate a bit too many things and let myself settle into a home and a community. I want to know my neighbors. And their kids and their dogs. And whether they like red or white…so when I see them coming I can make sure that I have a bottle at the ready.
*this phrase always reminds me of Super-Sara. I still miss her so much.