Wednesday, August 4, 2010

My neighbor's garden


So I have these neighbors. They do not speak English. They are Chinese, possibly from southern China. And they have the great fortune of living in the garden apartment---which means they have access to the backyard. So from the brothers' bedroom window I have been dealing with loss. Mourning the fact that I no longer have a spot of dirt to dig in. I no longer have a place to teach my children about food and biology and ecology; no longer have a place to be shocked by a lurking mammoth zucchini that is then shredded and frozen in zucchini bread ingredient proportions to be enjoyed throughout the year; no longer have a place to experiment w trellising cantaloupes or colorful, oddly shaped heirloom varieties of tomatoes. It is sad---it is VERY sad. But my valiant, industrious, immigrant neighbors are growing food right below our windows. I somehow feel better because of it...

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