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GARDENING HEALS... April 26, 2006 8:28 AM

WHEN I HAD A STROKE IN 1998, I FOUND MYSELF BORED, IRRITABLE AND DEPRESSED. I COULD BARELY WALK, BUT I COULD MOVE MY HANDS, ALTHOUGH THE LEFT SIDE WAS QUITE WEAK. THE DAYS PASSED WITH ME JUST SITTING INFRONT OF THE TV SET, AND GETTING MORE BORED AND NASTIER EACH DAY. ONE DAY, I WAS WATCHING MY NEPHEW PLANT IN THE GARDEN, WHEN I NOTICED THAT THERE WAS A PILE OF ALMOST DRIED UP CACTUSES IN THE END PART OF THE LOT. I ASKED THEM WHY THEY NEGLECTED THEM, AND THEY SAID THAT THEY DO NOT CARE FOR THE SPINY LOT ANYMORE SINCE THEY ARE NOT THAT SALEABLE IN THE MARKET ( THEY SELL PLANTS IN MALL SHOWS ). I STARTED TO BE INTERESTED IN THEM, AND I ASKED MY NEPHEW TO PUT ALL OF THEM NEAR MY TABLE IN THE SHADY PART OF THE GARDEN. I STARTED TO SELECT AND SEGREGATE THE STILL HEALTHY ONES, AND STARTED TO REPLANT THEM IN SMALL STARTER POTS, AS I SAT THERE. BEFORE I KNEW IT, DUSK WAS FALLING, AND I HAD TO GO IN THE HOUSE. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MANY MONTHS, I HAD A GOOD SLEEP. TIRED, BUT SATISFIED. THE NEXT DAY, I ASKED THEM TO BUY MORE POTS, ASKED FOR SOIL TO BE PLACED NEAR ME SO I CAN REACH THEM EASILY AND I PLANTED, PLANTED, PLANTED AWAY! I HAD SO MANY THAT I NEEDED TO PUT THEM IN PLANT SHELVES, I HAD TO WAKE UP EARLY TO FIND OUT HOW THEY ARE FARING, AND SINCE CACTUSES NEED MINIMUM WATERING, THAT TASK WAS NOT BURDENSOME FOR ME. BEFORE I KNEW IT, I HAD STURDY, HEALTHY CACTUSES IN NO TIME AT ALL, AND I WAS ADDING NEW VARIETIES BY GOING TO THE MALLS WITH HELP FROM MY CHILDREN TO BUY NEW ONES AND PROPAGATE THEM EACH DAY BROUGHT NEW WONDERS BEFORE MY EYES. WHEN THE NEXT MALL SHOW CAME, I SENT OUT 3 TRAYFULS OF BEAUTIFUL CACTUSES THAT WAS SOLD IN NO TIME AT ALL. I SUDDENLY REALIZED THAT MY RENEWED INTEREST IN GARDENING WHILE SITTING DOWN, MIND YOU, HAS HELPED IN MY HEALING. SINCE I HAD NO TIME TO BE BORED, IRRITABLE AND HAD LESS TIME SELF-PITYING, MY HEALTH IMPROVED. IN 6 MONTHS TIME, I CAN ALREADY WALK, THANKS TO MY HOBBY, GARDENING, AND OF COURSE, WITH GOD'S HELP. I STILL GARDEN TODAY, I LOVE MY GARDEN. NOW I HAVE EXPANDED TO DIFFERENT VARIETIES OF SANSEVERRIA AND BEGONIAS. I FIND THAT I HAVE NO TIME TO WORRY WHEN I AM WORKING IN MY GARDEN. WHEN THE DAY ENDS, I FEEL A CERTAIN SENSE OF SATISFACTION THAT MONEY CANNOT BUY, MORE SO IF I FIND THAT A NEW PLANT HAS SPROUTED FROM A VERY DIFFICULT TO GROW PLANT. THERE IS HEALING IN THE GARDEN. BELIEVE ME.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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