How to Plant Your Garden

28 Dec

We had a busy Christmas that included four stops in four counties. We ate a lot of food; opened a lot of presents; and visited with a lot of family members. One of our stops was at the home of my wife’s grandmother.

I always like visiting with my wife’s grandmother because of my respect for her. Early in life, she faced tragedy when her husband was killed in an automobile accident and left her with three small children. She worked at a garment factory to support her family and provide for them. They went on to have families of their own, and those families surrounded her on Christmas Eve.

A few years ago, my wife’s grandmother faced the death of one of her sons. It was another time that she needed the strength that she has shown for her entire life. We tend to measure success in dollars, but I consider my wife’s grandmother to be successful. It is proven in her hard work and strength. It is proven in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

This Christmas, she gave everyone a copy of “How to Plant Your Garden.” In honor of Mama Ray and the holiday season, I offer it to you.Garden

For the Garden of Your Daily Living,

Plant Three Rows of Peas

  1. Peace of Mind
  2. Peace of Heart
  3. Peace of Soul

Plant Four Rows of Squash

  1. Squash Gossip
  2. Squash Indifference
  3. Squash Grumbling
  4. Squash Selfishness

Plant Four Rows of Lettuce

  1. Lettuce Be Faithful
  2. Lettuce Be Kind
  3. Lettuce Be Patient
  4. Lettuce Really Love One Another

No Garden is Without Turnips

  1. Turnip for Meetings
  2. Turnip for Service
  3. Turnip to Help One Another

To Conclude Our Garden You Must Have Thyme

  1. Thyme for God
  2. Thyme for Each Other
  3. Thyme for Family
  4. Thyme for Friends

14 Responses to “How to Plant Your Garden”

  1. Andrew Petcher December 28, 2015 at 09:02 #

    Wise advice. Happy New Year to you and yours!

    • Rick December 28, 2015 at 15:08 #

      Happy New Year!!

  2. spearfruit December 28, 2015 at 11:53 #

    Wonderful, thank you for sharing this. Happiness to you in the New Year!

    • Rick December 28, 2015 at 15:08 #

      Thank you for reading. Happy New Year!

      • spearfruit December 29, 2015 at 01:52 #

        Happy New Year to you as well.

  3. shutterbugshea December 28, 2015 at 14:58 #

    Very good way of building a great life!!
    Love it! Thank you !
    Happy New Year!

    • Rick December 28, 2015 at 15:08 #

      Thanks for reading. Happy New Year!

  4. Marilyn Armstrong December 28, 2015 at 18:39 #

    That’s really special. Lovely. And surprisingly true.

    • Rick December 28, 2015 at 21:15 #

      Thank you. I felt that it was a special Christmas gift.

  5. Lunar Euphoria December 29, 2015 at 01:30 #

    This makes my gardener’s heart glad. I want to paint these words on a pallet and post them in my garden – something for my spring “To Do” list.

    • Rick December 29, 2015 at 02:53 #

      When you put up the words, take a picture and let me see.

  6. Bantering Ram December 29, 2015 at 04:52 #

    Sweet! Wish you and your a great 2016!

  7. jcalberta December 30, 2015 at 16:40 #

    time to start eating my veggies ….

    • Rick December 30, 2015 at 17:34 #

      That could be a New Year resolution.

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