Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I am feeling very proud of myself. This year I decided that those snakes aren't going to get the best of me, and I'm actually going to go in my backyard. Of course, it's a lot easier to tell myself that than it is to actually walk in the yard, knowing that there could be a snake lurking around any tree or underneath any tuft of grass.
Emma planted some watermelon, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds a couple weeks ago, and they were clearly starting to outgrow their little cups. I told her we'd go plant them out in the garden, but I kept putting it off because, let's face it, I am terrified of the garden. (Wasn't it only a day or two ago that I was poking a little fun at Emma for not being very outdoorsy?) Still, I'd promised her we'd do it, and I'd also promised myself that I wasn't going to be so scared this year.We made our way down to the garden and Emma fearlessly walked inside. I stood outside the fence and told her I was nervous about going in and she said, "It's okay, I'll protect you. I'm brave with snakes, remember?" Well, I'm a little skeptical about that, but I went in anyway and actually sat on the ground and helped her dig holes for her little plants. (We couldn't find a little shovel so we had to improvise.) Quite a triumph for me - and we didn't even see any snakes!
There were a few asparagus plants coming up from my long-abandoned asparagus patch, and Emma was excited to pick them. She carried them up to the house and, even though I had told her I would cook them for dinner, she proceeded to eat every last asparagus stalk while we played outside! I told her they would be probably be better if they were cooked, and she said they were already delicious. If you say so, kiddo.

6 comments:

Mom said...

Emma is so photogenic and you are such an amazing photographer. Good for you for being so brave!
Mom

Shawn said...

Just remember snakes eat the other critters like spiders and that :) She is so sweet! We started making asparagus sandwhiches and they are delicious!!

Mom said...

I never heard of asparagus sandwiches! Did you invent them, Shawn?
Sarah's mom

Mary said...

I am terrified of snakes! We have a mini farm and there are obviously snakes around. I try to keep the grass mowed short. In the past 5 years, I have only seen 2 snakes. So I remind myself not to worry about them because most likely I won't see any. If I do, I walk away quickly and go in the house. I try not to let my kids no how fearful I am.

david said...

I'm telling you, a blowgun will take care of all of those snakes. Just imagine: you will be able to stroll your yard without fear!

Hamons said...

Yum, raw asparagus! Such fun adventures in the backyard!