Growing Things

I have one little secret that I am going to tell you about.

I have always wanted a little flower garden, and when I moved into my townhouse, last December, the owner told me that I could plant a garden if I wanted to. My eyes lit up! I was so excited for Spring to come! And now, that it is here, I am living at Home Depot and Lowe’s! 

Actually, I bought seeds from the Dollar General, and I had some seeds from a high school friend who sent them to me when my little Chica passed away about four years ago. I didn’t get a chance to plant them at my old place, but there is a small area in my backyard where they have found a home!

I am excited about my flowers blooming. I water them daily, and I watch them grow; in fact, I have Chuy (my Yorkie Poo) looking over them as well. He was smelling them (they don’t have buds yet) and curiously looking at them. I went to Home Depot yesterday and bought a couple of Annuals to place in a pot I have on the front porch. I believe that flowers on the front porch display the heart of who lives in the house. Flowers are welcoming.

The birds are tweeting outside, the sky is blue, and there is no wind. It is a beautiful morning.

So, what is it about nature that makes us humans relax? Exactly that…it is natural. It is a part of our genetic makeup to look and want to be a part of natural beauty. Flowers are the most beautiful creations in the world. When I scroll through travel photos on Instagram and see the beauty of flowers from all over the world, I smile. Literally, I smile!

I am working on my backyard to become a summer oasis; there is no room for an above ground pool, but I am on the hunt for patio furniture, and I am still working on hanging the Sky Chair purchased at the Renaissance Festival. I initiated my Weber grill with hamburgers, corn on the cob and asparagus. This is one activity I love to do without spending a lot of money: gardening and relaxing in my own backyard.

You see, I am trying to grow a lifestyle that will take my anxiety and nervousness down a notch. I am ignoring the shriek barking of my dog right now; he must’ve heard a mouse fart. Anyway, I am working on being more positive in my life and feeling good about who I am. In this process, I am working on losing weight after losing 57 pounds. I have more to go. I am working on drinking more water. I am working on my prayer life. I am working on my financial health. I am working on being more present. I am going to bed at a consistent time; I am walking every morning; creating a great exercise plan for myself; I am working on eating well (more fruit and vegetables); and, I have stopped listening to so many people who think they know me, but they don’t.

The more I do this, the more I grow.

For example, the annuals that I bought at Home Depot were already in a pot; a temporary pot. I had to transplant them into a larger pot and place them together. They may feel a particular shock, but I added more soil for them to grow. The addition of more soil will help the roots to stretch and reach.

I want to be positive. I want to be optimistic. There are plenty of times I have been negative and pessimistic, but optimism and positivity are rarities. I need to start with me –  from within.

Although I am 53 years old, I am still growing like my flowers!

There is always room to grow.

Author: L.S. Watson

Hi. My name is L.S. Watson, and I'm an English teacher at a charter high school. I enjoy traveling (my favorite places are Rome and Paris), writing poetry, and watching documentaries. I have a lovable yet stubborn Yorkie-Poo named Chuy.

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