Patience is a virtue, but not necessarily one I possess. Maybe it's my personality, or maybe it's the culture we live in, telling us we can (and should) have whatever it is we are wanting now. Two-Day shipping, instant downloads, pre-made and in-stock household goods and year-round produce and stocked meat counters at the groceries... we hardly have to wait on anything. And I seriously don't like to.
Even gardening has become more "instant" than ever before. We became used to buying our vegetable plants as seedlings, and now in 4" pots, ready to fruit as soon as--or even before we've planted them in the ground. Flowers for the front porch? They're there for the taking! Big, beautiful and brightly colored arrangements, already arranged and potted if you want. For $50 and an hour of my time, my porch could almost instantly be transformed.
Want to connect more to your food? Grow your own apples? That 5-year apple tree, almost ready to fruit is sitting at Lowes for a modest price, waiting for you to take it home and plant. Better yet, why grow your own at all? The U-pick orchard is full of apple trees--and pumpkins and strawberries for that matter--all planted, watered and nurtured by experts, just waiting for you spend a care-free afternoon picking those luscious fruits that were planted, watered and cared for by someone else.
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