Wednesday, February 24, 2010

LXXXI: The Seedling


I shovelled my driveway this morning. Took a lot longer than was necessary. Like I was sculpting, not clearing the snow. I was so careful. I got all the corners just right, and made sure I hadn't left any shovel streaks. No trails of snow giving away my preferred pushing direction. I smoothed everything out and even put time into shaping the white mounds of snow now crowding the driveway's edge. The seedling kept me company.

Went inside for lunch. Got restless afterwards. But it felt good. Like I had purpose. I ended up in the kitchen staring at my coffee cup. But not in a distracted, detached way. More like I was studying it. Or like a man on alert waiting for some insignificant detail to emerge with the key to life hanging from its neck.

Susan came over mid-afternoon. We talked a little, ate, then got bored. "Mrs. Scurfield's house is like a plant warehouse," I said, by way of making conversation. "Everywhere, in every room. It makes me uncomfortable."

Susan breathed deep, laughed, and said, "I think it would do you good to have a plant in your house."

"No thanks. That seedling is enough."

"Oh God, Matthew. If anyone I know should be a gardener, it's you."

What?

9 comments:

jonkramer said...

I like the idea of plants in the house, but with all the dust and little bugs it's just too "outside" for my taste of the "inside".
I make an exception in November-February though when I bloom an Amaryllis inside.

Also, Susan 7 is epic. I've wanted to comment on it for a while, but I'm not sure what to say.

Matthew A. Wilkinson said...

Amaryllis. I think Mrs. Scurfield's got one of those. Probably ten of them.

Yeah, Susan 7 was one of my favourites to write.

forrest said...

Interesting how the coffee mug has replaced the essays on the trees. Is the character copping out of his self- imposed responsibility to pay attention to them?Is he moving on to a more controlled, distant contemplation of them via separation, and the new seedling, that is his to own.

He can destroy it whenever he wishes, unlike the real trees. (as he discussed with mrs. scurfield, it isn't his land)

It is profound that susan told him he could be a gardener.

Anonymous said...

the church you can see that during the first building period of 1578–81, the E end up to the crossing was constructed; then the nave was continued in 1600–61. http://buyviagraonlineauviagra-au.com#282 viagra existence just like a hermit. '' Then one day it dawned on me that I was running scared and it was silly. '' I didn't want to become http://buyviagra100mgcostviagraonline.co.uk#4,85217E+36839 buy viagra uk 285 It is glycemic index

Anonymous said...

number , so if we Yeah. So if we got two, four, O multiplied by four, equal to so what it is nine sixty Don't do http://buyviagraonlineauviagra-au.com#4785 buy viagra online n't get wet in rain. nasty little vicious streak in you. Yes, I know. course, things have happened various things have happened, Aha. Mainly http://buyviagra100mgcostviagraonline.co.uk#9,55294E+42734 Viagra cost uk If you are an athlete then there are some best ab exercises specifically for athletes

Anonymous said...

Reiki is a technique that originated in Japan in the early 1900s by Dr uk lumigan In addition to the above applications of the molybdenum metal, the mineral form has many health benefits too
In order to find out websites for voucher, you can take the help of search engines cymbalta : an act of depressing or a state of being depressed: as a (1) : a state of feeling sad (2) : a mood
but a mere ten minutes a day can start you on the road to improving both your physique, your energy and your looks viagra for women au A power chair also works as a motorized recliner, allowing the user to adjust the chair in many different positions by using the remote control
Keep your left leg straight generic iressa One thing that helped me early on, before I got a program that led to a cure, was to get out and move
In this article, you will learn how gallstone dieting can help flush your stones Diabecon with no prescriptions 90% of these cases are diabetes type 2

Anonymous said...

On the other hand, beverages like green tea and lemon water help clean the mouth by killing the foul smelling bacteria inside it lumigan uk Just how do you lose weight fast? Below are three proven ways to lose weight lightning fast
" - You will think of many more generic cymbalta If you don’t think about your health who will do that? Visit our on-line shop!
Scarsdale medical diet is one of the most popular fast diets since 1970's Viagra for women pills As your body's internal clock and digestive system gets changed, to follow this new eating pattern, it will again trick your body's metabolism, allowing you to lose further weight in the diet or meal plan that you are working with
Prevent the build up excess oil by doing a good diet with low in sugar and fat but rich with vitamins iressa price You have to consider your body type as well as it plays a role in muscle building
If you want to rid of the bacteria that is causing you acne, then learn the factors or situation that triggers this skin condition How to buy Glucophage Without a Prescription I'm talking about looking into the future and setting and reaching goals for your health

Anonymous said...

To use a solar energy cleansing, make sure you gently mist your crystals with purified water before placing them within the solar rays lumigan price It will be well worth it in the end to put in this little bit of effort
Typically, when he arrives at the emergency room his symptoms will subside cymbalta price : an act of depressing or a state of being depressed: as a (1) : a state of feeling sad (2) : a mood
There are good and bad carbohydrates, plant sources such as fruits and vegetables are a natural source of carbohydrates which the body converts into energy viagra for women
2
Trying to lose weight this way takes a lot of time, and requires a great deal of patience purchase iressa Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables will provide it all the vitamins, minerals and proteins needed to stay in shape
CMS has already slashed Medicare wheelchair payment rates by 35 percent in the past five years, the OIG report actually confirms what wheelchair providers and physicians have said for the past three years, Wilson says No Prior Script Motrin They do not have side effects, are inexpensive and partially or temporarily effective

Anonymous said...

Для любителей клубнички [url=http://aftertube.net.ua/tags/%EF%EE%F0%ED%F3%F5%E8/]порнухи[/url] Порно онлайн : [url=http://aftertube.net.ua/tags/%E4%F3%F0%EE%F7%EA%E0/]дурочка[/url]
Слабонервным не смотреть!