June 17, 2010
One of my favorite things to do is to watch people work in their gardens. It eases my itchy fingers as I watch, I giggle at becoming a vicarious gardener. Due to the reality of population density in Japan, gardening is a very public endeavor here. Sometimes it seems as if every free piece of land has been turned into a rice paddy or vegetable patch.
I like to remind myself that this is the kind of change I want to create - as a woman, as a wife and as a mother - shaping my world through careful cultivation. Gardening is a great metaphor for shaping change in our lives. Change takes planning, it takes time, it takes a lot of back breaking work. It takes care, patience, diligence. It takes attention to detail and being able to see the big picture. Most importantly it takes faith. Without a belief in what is to come, why would we ever bother tilling the soil?