Wednesday, March 30, 2005

spring walk - deep thoughts?

I just came in from a walk in my neighborhood on this beautiful spring day! I brought my camera because I'm trying to gather a collection of digital images to use in various projects. During my walk, I was struck by some of the amazing landscaping folks do around here. We are struggling with this ourselves, our lawn is about dead and we have that "natural" kind of in the woods feeling, which seems kind of shabby upon close examination. We don't garden. And I don't mean to pick on gardeners today, they are some of my favorite people, but here I go anyway.

I am a self-confessed control freak. Not about everything, just most things. As I was walking I was struck by how much work, effort and probably big bucks are put into landscaping and also by how much people are willing to do to control their environment. You can clearly see property lines, where the landscaping ends and the "natural" forest resumes. So, is our need to define borders and control the environment within them (eg. gardening) just another manifestation of our desire for and illusion of self-control? Or it could be, I'm just full of it today.

2 comments:

Nanci Lynne said...

Well, I'm not a gardener myself, but my mother is. I can't speak for all gardeners, but I can for my mom. She loves to garden because she feels closer to God. She also has said all of her life that she's not creative. But when she gardens, she feels like she is a creative collaborator with The Creator himself. She even gets such joy out of weeding, or rather the results of weeding. And everytime a little bloom makes it's way up to the surface another year, she is as excited as a child and enjoys the fruits of her labor. Just thought I'd throw in my 2 cents, for what it's worth. :)

Kim said...

Nanci,
Thank you for sharing. I guess, as with most things, it is the attitude in doing: controlling or nurturing, limiting or growing, dictating or collaborating. Also enjoyed your blog.

Kim