Today’s post is about patience.  I am demonstrating the virtue of patience for all to see.  This is not a virtue that comes to me very easily, but I am being taught patience in regards to my gardening adventures.

As I posted just a short while ago (see The Best Laid Plans), I have these fabulous plans for a wonderful garden (which, of course, now are totally different than what they were as I laid them out in my post, but that’s neither here nor there) and have been very excited about getting it started.  Well, as I said in my previous post, if I don’t get this thing rolling quickly I’m going to lose my window of opportunity for fall planting.  Well, I believe that time has come and gone.  Here we are, October 23, and I still have yet to collect all of my materials that I need, and, therefore, I believe that my window of planting opportunity has now passed.  The ship has left the harbor.  The train has left the station.  The plane has left the terminal?  I digress.  The point is, I am going to have to wait.  Be patient.

The problem with me being patient is that I suck at it.  I am fully a product of the “me” generation which says that if I want something and there is no real reason that I can’t have it, I want it now.  Why wait?  Why shouldn’t I have it now?  What will I gain by waiting?  I’ll tell you what I could lose by waiting…my mind.  I want my garden, I want my fresh, wonderful, colorful, home-grown veggies, I even want my chickens (which I haven’t even really discussed yet), I want it to happen today.

Well, as I sit here and think about my closed window and how depressed I am that I’m going to have to wait an entire 4-5 months to even put a seed in the ground, I’m trying to tell myself that this is a good thing.  And here are the reasons that I’ve been able to come up with:

1. Planning – the title of my last post was “The Best Laid Plans”.  It’s funny that I titled it that, because the title should have been the most acceptable plan that I can immediately come up with in order to get what I want quickly.  There are so many ways that this idea transcends into other areas of my life, but that’s a whole other post for another time.  By being forced to wait (sad face) I actually can create something that resembles the truly best possibly plan.  This gives me the whole winter to research the veggies that I want, when exactly to plant, how to care for them, etc, etc, etc.  And, by doing this, I might actually come up with something that can set me up for success.  That’s the problem with the “me” generation.  The “I want it now” attitude allows immediate satisfaction by getting what we want, but it may not actually set us up for success in the long run.  Point taken, Universe.  Thank you.

2. Money – by waiting until the spring, I can actually get together the monetary resources I need to get the right materials, right seeds, right soils, etc.  This ties back into the “planning” point.  Money is tight around here.  Babies are expensive.  Diving into a garden with no forethought about what a commitment I’m making could definitely set me (an my wife) up for some financially-centered distress.  We don’t want that, now do we?

3. Patience – that’s pretty much it.  I suck at patience.  By withholding this from myself temporarily and forcing myself to exercise patience, I might actually come to appreciate, God forbid, waiting for something.  Patience is a virtue.  A virtue that, as I am evidence of, has been lost.  Why can’t I have it now?  Because I just might need to learn a little cotton-pickin’ (shout-out to my Southern roots) PATIENCE.

So, here I sit, typing away at this post.  Depressed that I have to be patient.  What’s the old saying?  Great things are worth the wait.

Well, they’d better be, because waiting still sucks.

So, my loyal followers (Mom, Dad, Reese, and maybe like 4 other people) this is the official announcement that my garden is on hold until the Spring.  I will be using the Winter months to plan, save money, and, oh yeah, try a little patience.