It is the end of January, and I am blue. I wonder if this will be another night where I don't have the motivation to write letters, open mail, do just a little something to reconnect.
The instigator of optimism has been arriving in the mailbox, its shiny cover alive with warmth and enhanced color. I squirrel it away and wait for that quiet moment when I can quietly make my wish list, a list of ambitious goals served a la mode with plenty of pie in the sky. It's a list that will be written in ink, sent off to the far away greenhouse where magic beans are created and shipped to us hopefuls. It is the seed catalog.
But here is how I really want the catalog to read...
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A hearty stalk of Relaxation: A very rewarding crop. Requires supports. Harvest when you least expect it. Successive plantings of rest maximize the yield.
Completed Project of Your Choice: Requires frequent watering and weed management. Can be applied to sewing, cleaning, or household organization. Best sown when there is peace and quiet. For Completed Creative Projects see page 35.
One Completed Creative Project: Choice of colors: Scrapbook, Quilting, Writing, Decorating. For the accomplished home gardener. Blooms when you least expect it, requires cold or damp weather.
Family Time: A resilient ground cover. Able to fill in cracks and endure through the winter. An important feature for all landscapes. Drastically reduces erosion. An heirloom variety.
Delightful Surprises: A hearty wildflower mix. Perfect for mixed bouquets of blessings. Previous growers have reported blooms that include happy reunions, new acquaintances, unexpected windfalls, and sudden smiles. A must-have to fill in those places where you don't know what to plant.
One Quiet Cup of Coffee without Interruption: Choose from iced or hot varieties. A rare but brilliant annual.
One Fruit of the Spirit tree: Our bestseller. Guaranteed to bloom with love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Prune branches that bear no fruit for best results. Comes with a thick instruction book.
It strikes me that like the month of January, hoping and sowing is not for those who give up easily, but as I watch the snow gently falling outside my window in the night, I retreat back into hibernation. A warm fire, some catalogs, and a lively hope for a new season will cultivate this ground for now.