garden harvests as a measure of passing time

Just before the chemotherapy treatment began, we planted vegetables in the extended garden. Kale and spinach, broccoli and bok choy, and rhubarb.

They are as good an indicator as anything that end dates for various treatment regimes are approaching. We’ve harvested some leafy greens already. I’m looking forward to seeing the broccoli flowers start to bloom. That, and eating mid-winter rhubarb crumble.

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One thought on “garden harvests as a measure of passing time”

  1. “They are as good an indicator as anything that end dates for various treatment regimes are approaching.”

    We rescued a puppy recently, and the frequent, lengthy trips to the back yard have helped me connect with the space in a new way. I always felt overwhelmed before, because it’s so overgrown & unkempt & I have anxiety about caring for it, because that level of yard work is new to me, and therefore, scary. So there would be overwhelm, and shame for NOT doing anything…

    Sitting and walking out there as I wait for the puppy to go has helped me see each plant, each tree, and I’m aware of the changes & growth since the beginning of March. It’s no longer overwhelming or shame-inducing. I love seeing the lush growth, with them needing not one thing from me. And now I’m looking at it with an eye toward shaping it, toward deciding what I’d like to trim back or dig up, or create more space for. It’s coming from a different place, one of connection & choice, not obligation.

    Your time-marker above touched me deeply. I’m glad you have plants. Thanks so much for writing here.

    Caren, I love that my small post prompted this response. Your yard sounds like it’s enjoying that summer is coming. “Choice, not obligation” Sounds like a good one to keep in both our pockets!

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