John Steinbeck wrote these very profound words in his epic novel, ‘The Grapes of Wrath’. “Muscles aching to work, minds aching to create - this is man.” This seems a perfect segue into the long holiday weekend coming up - when celebration of our working achievements, gardens and harvest included should take front and center stage.
And although creating a beautiful landscape can often be seen as labor intensive, Steinbeck clearly knew that man craved such things as he continued further in this thought. “…man reaches, stumbles forward, painfully, mistakenly sometimes. Having stepped forward, he may slip back, but only half a step, never the full step back.” In other words, progress, even in such places as our gardens and outdoor spaces require that we keep our muscles working and our minds creating all these wonderful things on this earth.
There you have it. What we often think of as labor intensive are the necessities in life. Speaking of labor intensive, that’s a wrap on the 1,000th blog post, which started in June 2009. And though it diverts from the tedious factoids on a regular basis, every post gets written with one intention - to inspire and entertain those who might be meek and timid to the soil, the flowers, the landscape, the aspects of design and all that surrounds us on the outside.
P.S. A big thank you to everyone who has followed me on this ride!
© Image of grapes ripening in our mini-vineyard by Ann Bilowz
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