Today, I'm linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker‘s Five Minute Friday. The rules: Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
This week's prompt: Garden.
Driving up to Grandma and Grandpa's house, the first thing we noticed was the lawn, or shall I say, the lack thereof.
Mounds of dirt sat everywhere, with Grandpa standing in their center.
He was a dreamer, my Grandpa.
Having read As a Man Thinketh and Think and Grow Rich a few too many times, Grandpa truly believed that if he thought about winning the lottery enough, one day, he would. Each summer when we'd visit, he'd take me through his newest calculations of how he'd spend his winnings.
Grandpa's dreaming was apparent in other areas as well, including his lawn and garden.
He wanted the perfect yard; A bountiful garden. And so each spring, he took steps to try to achieve it.
I always wonder what poor Grandma must have thought every time she saw Grandpa standing at the edge of their lawn again, his eyes glazed over, lost in his own dream world.
Bless her heart, it appeared (at least to me) that she not only allowed Grandpa to dream, but that she also supported (or at least tolerated) the activities that resulted, even when it meant a yard full of dirt rather than grass; Or elaborate plans to rid the garden of the gophers that were Grandpa's most enduring enemy.
Some years, Grandpa focused his attention on his garden, rather than on his lawn. On those years, the garden would flourish, overtaking his backyard.
I know Grandpa grew a variety of things, but what I remember most were the strawberries and the raspberries. In the middle of our outdoor shenanigans, we cousins would dash through the backyard, grab a raspberry, and cry out “Power!” as though they were a secret source of fuel (and maybe, in some ways, they were).
Grandpa's garden was but one manifestation of his dreams. To this day, I still remember how people would sometimes react to this, smiling oddly at one another and quietly remarking, “Well, I guess it gives him something to do; A reason to get up in the morning.”
I think some people thought Grandpa's dreams – whether they were to win the lottery, have the greenest lawn on the block, or have a bountiful garden – were foolish.
And maybe to some extent, they were.
But perhaps the real fools are those of us who dare not dream at all.