Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SHADOW OF A GARDENER


I was at the farm recently, planting flowers in some freshly 'augured' holes and I was wearing my normal garden hat.  It's just a regular, wide brimmed straw version that I got in Mexico a few years back and it does a great job of keeping the sun off my face and neck.  So here I am, kneeling down, putting a flower in the ground and as I was patting the dirt down around it, I noticed my shadow.  Thinking it would make for a fun picture, I pulled out my iPhone and snapped a quick photo.

I turned around to get the watering can and when I turned back, my shadow looked like this:


This caught me off guard because it totally looks like my Grandmother (on my Mom's side) as I remember her from my childhood!  She wore this big floppy hat when she was outside working on her garden.  She was also smaller in stature than I am now and had these rounded, slightly slumped shoulders.  Other than some familial facial features, we did not have any other physical resemblance, yet there she was, staring back at me!

Of course, I know it was just the angle, the way my head was turned making the hat look different...and while it was an eerie feeling to say the least, it was also comforting in a way.  You see, my Grandmother LOVED her gardening and while she enjoyed vegetable gardening (and made it look so easy, ha), she loved her flowers even more.  Perhaps she is happy that we are finally adding some of them to the farm...

* not our flowers...yet
Keep visiting Grandma, flowers are coming...eventually!


24 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm from the other (northern) end of the state, and always enjoy reading your blog. (as always) hoping for some rain so I can get ready for fall planting...........

Laurie M said...

awww, thats such a lovely memory of your Grandma, its almost like she visited you today if only
in memory!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

that is sort of the perfect garden photo!

Dani said...

Cool pics :) Sometimes the negative image conveys more depth than the direct image.

Daphne Gould said...

That is so sweet. I wish I had more memories of my Grandmothers, but sadly they lived half way across the country and we saw each other rarely.

FionaG said...

Crazy as it sounds, I like to think mysterious and mystic things happen in the world. It's nice to remember that things still connect us to people present or 'passed'.

Texas Rose said...

What a wonderful, special picture! I think your grandma popped by and gave you a smile of approval!

Michael said...

Wow, what a GREAT post. I'm with FionaG above, I like to believe that there are things we can't explain and this is one of them. Nice!!!

Sarah said...

What a wonderful post! I think when things like that happen its just a way of those who have passed to let you know that they are still watching over.

kkarma10 said...

I agree with Sarah - and that it is her way of letting you know she is happy you are a gardener like she is. I love your blog by the way!

Alison said...

I'm with Texas Rose and Sarah on this one. Grandma came a visiting and made sure you'd notice she was there and that she approved. Nice!

Anonymous said...

You know it could have been your Grandma, but I'm just going to throw this out there, it could have been "Granny" (from Granny's kitchen garden) paying you a visit as well. I'm just sayin'...... ;-)

1st Man said...

Well THANK YOU for the kind words and welcome! Yes, we need rain too, it's SO dry. We had a normal Spring and early Summer but now it's just dried up at the farm. Hoping this weekend we have some (it's predicted). Thanks for stopping by, come by anytime!!

1st Man said...

Thank you, it was a very comforting feeling.. Thank you!

1st Man said...

Ha, thank you!

1st Man said...

Thanks and thanks for that suggestion. I will run this through a photo editing program and see what I see. Never thought about that. :-)

1st Man said...

Thank you. I'm sorry you don't have many memories but hey, I bet they pay your great garden a visit or two on occasion. :-)

1st Man said...

Not crazy, I totally believe that happens too. I like they way you put it, things connecting us. Nice to think about huh?

1st Man said...

The funny thing, I can still remember her smile and I can put that smile into that shadow in my mind.

1st Man said...

Thank you much, and thanks for stopping by. I KNOW there are things we can't explain and I like that the world still has mystery in it.

1st Man said...

Agree 100%. It's probably all around us, we just don't always see it, huh? :-)

1st Man said...

Well, thank YOU for the kind words. Hope you'll visit regularly. I like the idea that she's happy that I'm trying to do something she did. Thanks!

1st Man said...

Yep, you know me well! It's still a mysterious universe isn't it? Hugs!!

1st Man said...

Wow....you know I didn't think about that. Definitely food for thought. Hey, I'd be happy if either of them came to visit. "Granny", you are always welcome!!