|My garden peas are holding on tightly as they grow and climb.|
I have a garden in my backyard that does a pretty good job depending on the year. I plant corns, squashes, cucumbers, peppers, beets, carrots, onions, and potatoes, but my favorite are the peas. I love fresh peas from the garden. Last night I picked a gigantic bowl of peas and shelled them all while watching an old Audrey Hepburn movie. I ended up with six cups of peas. They are all now all blanched and vacuum sealed...safely tucked away in my freezer next to the others I've put up already. I can enjoy the taste of fresh garden peas for the next 12 months.
A few days ago I was working in the garden instead of working on a painting. I was picking peas. I have always loved how their curly tendrils grab the twine as the plant climbs. I decided to try and get a good shot of this so I went inside and came back out with my camera. I took many photos but none showed the depth I was looking for. Then I got the one I wanted. I snapped the photo at the top of this post and I love it; I want to make a large print of it to hang on my wall and be reminded of the lesson I learned that morning while being out in the garden. That lesson is this: to get through life, you have to have something to hold on to that is stronger than you are. Look at that picture I took, and look how tightly those little plants are holding on. Sure the peas themselves are amazing: an entire plant grew from a tiny seed and it will make food for me to eat, but without something to hold on to while they grow, they can't support themselves and they fall down to the ground. I know I need to get through this un-mapped and confusing phase of my life, and thanks to my garden, I now have a better idea of how to do just that. I will just hold on to something that is stronger than me. While I am doing that, I will continue to paint and find joy and fulfillment in that creative process. I am so glad I can paint and that I can share my paintings with others.