But I didn’t want to get out of bed – who would, after a long, tiring day? It came down to a choice: comfortable now? Or well fed in two months?
The scenario is easy to imagine: see TV news broadcast of a freak cold snap striking down avocado production, whine about how avocados are going to cost more…a month later go to the store and whine that avocados do cost more.
Great post. It's so true. As of late, we have a hen, we don't know which, eating eggs. 🙁 It was late last night when I asked my husband if he had collected eggs. He said no – as he was getting ready for bed. – I thought about just waiting until the morning to go out there. But then I argued with myself at how mad I'd be if when I went out I found yet another half eaten egg. So I pulled my shoes back on, grabbed a jacket and flashlight and got the eggs.
I would have no room to complain if I don't do my due-diligence to prevent the things I don't like. And, not surprisingly, when we do what needs to be done, we often find we have a lot less to complain about anyway. 😉
Thank you for a wonderful post. When I got home from work yesterday I just wanted to get dinner started and sit down with a glass of wine. I knew we had a cold rain coming our way and asked my husband to check the weather for me and tell me when it was coming in. With this rain was strong winds and low temps. I had just planted the tomatoes two weeks ago and the cucumbers last weekend. I didn't want to take the change that the wind would do damage to my young plants so out to the garden I went and starting building a mini greenhouse over my beds. As of this morning everything looks great and now I hear we could have frost Friday morning. I'm glad I took the time and had my dinner with a smile on my face.
Kris Mo says
Wonderful and poignant post! It's the work that we put in at the worst of times in the season that make the harvests so very rewarding. Thanks for the reminder!
The Red and Black Redneck says
Your post reminds me of these two passages of wisdom:
Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.
How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man. – Proverbs 6:6-11
They sow the wind
and reap the whirlwind. – Hosea 8:7
The first pertains to your point about comfortable now and hungry later while second pertains to our drifting along, blithely unaware of those forces that shape our future and ignoring what we can do to prepare.
Great post – it sometimes feels as though there's so much going on that we can't control that it gets overwhelming, I think, but the reminder that there are some things that we can make choices about is so refreshing (even if that refreshment comes at the expense of a book in bed, I suppose).