Expectaions

Three years ago, after Bride died, I put up a Christmas tree for “our” new home, and got out the ornaments, but just couldn’t go any further. I flew out to Boulder to be with her daughter, and her young sons. My neighbors took care of the dog and cat.

When I got back, my new neighbors had taken out the ornaments, the lights, the star, and all of it — and decorated the tree top to bottom. It was bright as a beacon when I pulled in, announcing, “Welcome home.”

And suddenly I was. Home, that is.

Be careful not to underestimate normal people.

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About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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