Crazy week, huh? Good thing the weather is still good… I feel a lot less polarized, and certainly a lot less freaked out, in my garden. Today’s photo is from the garden of my dear leader at Joy Creek.
The genius placement of those red Verner Panton chairs in front of the shining, exfoliating, coppery red trunks of a massive Arctostaphylos ‘Howard McMinn’ is notable even on a good day. This week, those empty chairs assume an especially wide range of symbolic importance.
Though it certainly complicates things, Covid isn’t half as stifling to our situation as perpetual gridlock, distrust, and blame. Let’s fill the empty chairs around us, find our common ground, and our civility. Let the conversations and the healing start back up again. Today’s words on the countdown calendar were POISE and COMPASSION. If we approach the days ahead with that in mind, perhaps there is hope for tomorrow and beyond?