Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Let them eat dirt

It is the last day in May and the rain has saturated the ground and pushed the hot air south. The earth in the garden has been turned and the compost sifted and spread. Last night’s baseball game was cancelled after a few innings. Lightening was spotted and the boys were benched. Little pet, JB and the grandparents and I stood out in the rain under umbrellas watching Juji’s teammates slip around in the fog and mud. Little Pet was mellow in her back carrier tucked under my umbrella, content to play with my hair and occasionally grab at the rain.

JB will officially be finished with residency in a few weeks and is trying to unwind from the last three months of call. We marked his final overnight call a few weeks ago with a visit to the hospital and a cafeteria dinner, then a walk through the halls of the unit to visit with the nurses and other staff. It is great to think that the only call JB will have from now on out will be home call and the occasional late night visit to the ER.

Soon Juji’s summer vacation will start and all the summer picnics, birthdays and outdoor celebrations will begin, but for now it is chilly and wet. It is a good day to stay in and regroup, to think about shifting priorities and transitions. A day to catch up on myself and see where I am headed this summer.

The other day the two kids and I, along with the dog, hung out in the yard on a warm dewy morning. Little Pet sat on a blanket in the grass and chewed on dandelions while Juji helped me in the garden. We found an old coconut that someone threw in the compost a year ago thinking it might break down eventually (me) as well as other partially decomposed food particles (peanut and egg shells, avocado seeds) and a few laffy taffy wrappers, fruit stickers and random rubber and metal things. We sifted out the riff-raff and spread the dark compost on the newly dug garden.

Meanwhile, Stelladog had started attacking the coconut, barking and nudging it with her nose. She had managed to get it stuck in a little pothole in the grass and was working with all her might to get it out and rolling again. Little Pet laughed and kept digging around in the dirt for something to eat. We didn’t get to the planting yet, the seeds are still in their little white packages, but we did get outside in the mud and mess of the garden together.

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