Steven Dybvad – Personal Journal – June 9, 2014

by Steven Dybvad


This year the Red Cross volunteers started a vegetable garden for a local food pantry. They planted tomato plants, pepper plants, lettuce, squash, cucumbers and a few other things. The garden is off to the side of our walkway in the compound. Every meal I have to walk by this garden, at least three times a day and every day on my way back from chow I slow down so that I can stare at the plants, watching how much they’ve grown since the last time I looked, fantasizing about my own garden at home. Plants and gardening has always been a passion of mine, ever since I was a little boy, following my grandma around her garden in the backyard, it was so peaceful. I’ve always been able to find peace in the garden, it’s a great form of therapy for me, a way to clear my head, stopping time and just being able to enjoy life in the moment. I only continue to hope and pray that I make the list this year for horticulture class. For this is my last and only chance to take advantage of such a rare opportunity. When else does someone have the chance to focus their time and energy on such a thing as this in the real world, where the busy schedule and fast pace of life, trying to support family and children takes over all other things, making it extremely difficult to accomplish an aspiration such as this?….

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