Today I will don a mask and gloves and do what I do every year on this day. Drive to the garden nursery. My daughter Kendra and I will have 30 minutes of shopping time starting at 2:30.
We will have to make the best use of it because there will be someone else waiting to take our place at 3 p.m. And I will have to park in a specially allotted place, which I will figure out when we get there.
We will walk in with a list and gather as much on that list as we can in that time frame.
In previous years I spent hours strolling through the plants and flowers and enjoying myself immensely. It’s one of my favorite, if not the favorite, days of the year.
It won’t be like that today. But then everything is different this year.
In the weeks and months ahead I want to be able to walk out my patio door and enjoy the fruits of my labor that commence every spring. I want to see colorful flowers and smell aromatic herbs and bring vegetables in to eat.
I want to sit outside and look at all that is growing and blooming each day. And of course take photos of it for you and posterity. I want to watch my patio garden evolve as it does each and every year.
Home has become even more important to all of us. We have sheltered in place and tried to stay safe. To find groceries and essentials at a time when they are hard to come by.
Our homes need to be not just where we shelter, but to be the sanctuary we’ve always envisioned.
It doesn’t matter if you have a new house or a newly remodeled kitchen or a brand new pool.
What matters is that you are safe and with the people you love. All the while knowing that home is not just a house or apartment or trailer or even just a room.
And if you live alone or with pets, it needs to be your cozy safe place where you wait out the storm of current events.
Home is not just where we hang our proverbial hat. It is where we will now vacation and order our food. It is an unprecedented time in history.
Hopefully we will not see something like this deadly virus wiping out people on a daily basis again in our lifetimes.
So whether you live on a farm with a nice big acreage for your garden, or whether you live in a suburban or urban setting and have a backyard or patio garden, enjoy it like never before.
Because that is what you will be staring at and where you will be staying in the months ahead.
If you only have a windowsill, fill it with house plants so that you can be reminded daily of rejuvenation and resurgence. I’ve learned that you can now order house plants online on sites such as Etsy. This is a wonderful time to support small businesses.
As your little garden or house plant grows you will see that the world doesn’t stop because it’s in crisis. Your plants will keep on churning out new leaves. And you will perhaps fully realize for the first time that it is the little things that truly matter.
Your home is your port in the storm. The roof you sleep under that shelters you from the elements.
And so your home deserves all that you can make it with whatever you have available to you. That is what we learn in extraordinary times such as this.
Take what you have and create what you can. Tend your acreage or city plot or windowsill because that is what we do when we shelter in place. We use what we have.
Let these days when we are isolated be your springboard to creating a cozy home you are proud to live in, wherever that may be.
Dig around in your closets and attics and basements and garages. I’m sure you will find things you had completely forgotten about. Bring out grandma’s quilt and fold it at the end of your bed.
Bring out framed photos of loved ones so you can see their faces even though you cannot meet up with them in real life. Restyle your book shelves. Switch out lamp shades and tables and decorate anew.
Get out your sewing machine and make new curtains. Even if you have to use a bed sheet for material.
Sit in a comfortable spot in a room that has challenged you and pinpoint the places that you are not happy with, then get creative and get to work on it.
Give your garden tender loving care and watch it grow. Give your home whatever you can to feel contentment because home is where we belong. And right now, it is where we must remain.
“The light is what guides you home, the warmth is what keeps you there.” – Ellie Rodriguez