2012.08.15 Wanna help me weed my agenda?

Written by David Green.

Weeding my agenda

By COLLEEN LEDDY

“Why don’t you go weed the garden today?” David asked when I finally woke up just before 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Weed the garden? 

“Weed the garden” was not an item on my already-packed agenda.

My Sunday plans included: 

• Doing six loads of laundry (that’s what happens when you let it pile up and you need clean clothes to pack for a five-day trip to Miami to see your incredibly cute, incredibly tiny, new grandson);

• Compiling everything to bring to Miami including hand-me-down Caroline clothes, frozen pies and fresh tomatoes from Liz Stella, and waders with quick release padded suspenders (Yes, the question has entered my mind already why Ben thinks he’s even going to have time to put his body in waders. I don’t know, but when I discovered them taking up space in the downstairs closet while hunting for the tent to set up in the library for the Summer Reading Program’s Camp Out Slumber Party and later to use as an igloo for the Pig Out Penguin Birthday Party, I thought it might be time to get them to their rightful owner. Ben sounded excited at the prospect of being reunited with the waders, so in the suitcase they will go.);

• Preparing the sponsor list for the Labor Day Bridge Walk (Yes, sorry, it’s too late to add your name to the back of the shirt, but you can still donate money or buy a shirt, hopefully starting Friday at the Chamber’s Movie at the Park or at the library during open hours);

• Finishing the Lenawee United Way Community Distribution grant application (Yes! You can designate your donation to the library! United Way has supported library programs for many years and this year’s  campaign will begin soon);

• Preparing the annex for the Habitat for Humanity meeting (Yes, you missed it, and you missed the one last week in Adrian, too, but if you’re interested in applying to help renovate a house for your family, contact Donna Galloway at the Methodist Church); and,

• Boxing up the Make-A-Plate designs (Yes, these are the designs created by some very dedicated kids who attended the Summer Reading Program and read a slew of books, and an equally dedicated group of teens who helped run the program. Be sure to stop in the library in a few weeks when those designs, molded onto Melamine plates, will be on display.).

Baking a batch of blueberry muffins could have been on my agenda, but we ate the berries naked. That omission from my agenda resulted in two fewer pounds not vying for space on the visceral fat patch around my abdomen.

Weeding the garden? That wasn’t even on my radar screen.

Releasing pent-up anxiety and worry through many tears wasn’t on my agenda,  either, but it’s what happened when I read, “Preemie: Lessons in Love, Life and Motherhood” by Kasey Mathews. 

As I reflected on my agenda, I said to David, “I don’t want to do any of these things. All I want to do is cry.”

“Then you need a better agenda,” he said.

But sometimes your agenda just has to take a back seat to what’s really important in your life. And reading about the personal experiences of a mom who gave birth to a one pound, 11 ounce premature baby girl just rose to the top of the list.

Sybil had e-mailed me a link to an interview with the author on yahoo.com’s The Shine. I was so impressed with everything she had to say that I ordered the book—and then devoured it.

Mathews imparts so much wisdom in both the book and the video about so many aspects of not just motherhood, but life itself. One tidbit that stuck with me from the video:

“Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to receive. People are so wanting to help and by receiving, you’re actually giving in return....” 

So, I ask, Would you weed my garden when I’m in Miami? 

Help yourself to the zucchini, kale and tomatoes.

  • Cecil
    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
  • Front.rest
    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
  • Front.batter
    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
  • Front.green Screen
    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
  • Front.snake
    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
  • Front.rock Study
    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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