What does gratitude mean to a gardener like me? Being out in my garden makes me feel grateful. One definition of grateful is ‘pleasing to the mind or senses.’ My gratitude encompasses all five senses.
What Represents Gratefulness
I love the feel of the sun on my shoulders, the smell of fresh mown grass, the rustle of the leaves, the sight of sunflowers and the taste of a raspberry picked fresh in the morning, still dew dipped. My gratitude extends to the pleasure I get from starting seeds to making sauce from my produce and everything in between.
A further definition of grateful is ‘feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness, being thankful.’ I am thankful beyond words that I am privileged to have a garden, thankful for having a partner who shares my enthusiasm, and thankful for the tools to garden, including having plentiful water for irrigation and healthy soil.
I am so thankful for the 16 ½ years with my beloved canine Bella and my new rescue dog Lily, who I am sure with time will come to love being in the garden as much as Bella and I did. I am grateful I get to give my mother cut flowers from the garden even though she says they will bother her allergies. They never do, and she’s always delighted to receive them.
I am extremely grateful to the large cherry tree in the backyard, without which not much gardening would get done in late July and August. Bless you for your shade. I’m thankful that the neighborhood cats don’t bother the birds in our yard. I love hearing them sing and watching their antics. I’m even grateful for the squirrels that, at this writing, have been preparing for what must be to them the next Ice Age, burying food in the garden, lawn and in nearly every pot.
And, reader, I am so grateful that I get to write and blog about my passion – gardening. There’s no place I’d rather be.