When weeding isn’t weeding anymore!
Yesterday when the person who had wanted dandelions didn’t show up to harvest them, I decided to go out myself and get started. An area that was originally grass had become weed filled when I let the neighbors invasive Saint John’s Wort move in. Digging up never-ending weeds has been a challenge and now I felt lucky to have someone who wanted to harvest the dandelions.
As I began digging I noticed wild onions and had to stop to taste them. Then I began to separate them from the weeds along with the dandelions. Then came the baby thistle, then the plantain and finally the fennel. Weeding wasn’t weeding anymore! It became a gathering experience. Each one had to be tasted periodically too.
Once washed and laid out to dry the volume was appreciated. A small 3 x 4 foot patch reaped a table full of greens for tea’s, salad’s, oils flavored vinegar, poultice’s and creams. Well, actually too much was eaten. The first harvest and I couldn’t get enough.
When this gal I mentioned earlier came by to pick up her dandelions, we stood chatting. We began eating the leaves off the Saint John Wort and that’s when it hit me. What I hadn’t been able to see that is. What I did see caused much angst and I was blocked from seeing the treasures that were actually there. They were not hidden, I just wasn’t able to see them! My focus was on my kids, business and time. I told myself I didn’t have time and yet needed it to look a certain way for my business. What a loss. I imagine now, had I shared this knowledge with my kids they would have had real-time with me and learned something more valuable than doing chores. So busy being busy. Ouch!
Renee is an appreciative and proud mother of two young adults. One child introduced her to the experience of unconditional love and the other to the inner power and beauty of being a woman!