On the very last day of 2019, I felt a bit disgusted with the way things are – here in the city and elsewhere. Blatant, obvious misery is everywhere you look, and even if you happen to do something nice for someone, that random act of kindness only serves to put a glaring point on the ever widening abyss between the haves and the have-nots, the sane and the insane. I needed an escape, however brief. A few hours away, in a place of wonder might help bring my inner calm back.
My old friend Hollye of www.hollyelivingart.com came with me. We’ve been buddies since 2007, but, to my mind, don’t see each other nearly enough. A hangout was long overdue. Hollye makes fabulous terraria, and I wanted to show her this nursery that I thought needed to be on her radar – Fessler Nursery. They have a wonderful collection of houseplants – large and small, and are located in Woodburn — less than an hour from Portland, but far enough away to feel like an escape.
Apart from feeling bad for the folks that were working on New Years Eve (for f**k’s sake, America – it’s perfectly okay to give employees holidays off!) we had a great time. Lots of marvelous plants to admire, and amazing options for planting a terrarium—or ten. I promise, I was very, very good, and did not go bonkers. After all, I needed to assist Hollye in carrying all her new acquisitions to the office, to check out.
I was right. Even a quick trip away in good company did wonders for my frazzled soul. After losing myself in the intricacies of foliage, I now feel ready to tackle whatever 2020 might bring—even if I might crumble, and feel like I’m due for a repeat before long. My point is that there IS truth to the Biophilia hypothesis. It DOES help to spend time with likeminded in seeking connection with other living things—in our case especially green things. I wish you all ample opportunity for doing just that in the new year. Here’s to a 2020, where we who DO know the secret to at least one happiness, can help spread what we know to others. Who knows… it’s might not be the key to world peace, but then again it might be. It doesn’t hurt to give it a whirl. Happy New Year, everyone!