The Greenhouse here, it is quite a big operation for a very small town.
So, each spring, when all of the new plantings come rolling in truck after truck, the call goes out for help.
“How did you end up out here or even know about this place?”
The question was asked of me, as I was working alongside several women last week, all have been with the Greenhouse some 20+ years. They’ve all essentially, been with the place since it opened and they were surprised I even knew about it, given I told them I had only moved to the area recently.
I told them the Cowboy had taken me out to the Greenhouse last spring to introduce me to the owners (friends but also customers of his), to reassure me there are amenities in South Dakota that I also enjoyed back home (which I was worried about, and I thoroughly enjoy gardening), and to give me the opportunity to dig in the dirt around his place and get a few new things planted.
I loved the place. And apparently the owners noticed, as we left with a two cartloads of plants, flowers and vegetables for the garden.
“Don’t expect me to water any of this,” the Cowboy said as we loaded everything into the back of the truck.
“I don’t,” I responded, adding, “But that just means I’ll have to come back for more….”
A year later, I am back. There will be plants going home with me again in the near future. But for now, I’m helping plant, prune, water, hang .. whatever is needed while I also work to get my own business on its feet. Even then, I may still hope for and love a few hours at the Greenhouse when I can get them.
I know of a few friends who think I’ve lost my marbles. Working at a greenhouse? I know of at least one other person who feels I should not necessarily go back to exactly what I was doing before, but something along those lines that would have me earning the same paycheck because, well .. just because that’s what this person expects me to do.
I decided long ago, it shouldn’t matter necessarily what others expect of me. Unfortunately I’m not always great at sticking to that theory, and sometimes you just can’t. Like when you do have a job, a boss, customers, a family at home .. all those things do need to be considered. Because they are part of your team. But outside that circle, well ..
“Let us not try to be the best or worst for others, but let us make every effort to be the best for ourselves.” – Marcus Garvey
I, right now, am feeling really good spending time at the greenhouse.
It’s almost like that sabbatical I have heard so many others, mainly higher education professionals, physicians and clergy, talk about and take. A time and place that offers you the freedom to just be. To think. To regroup. To dream big or ponder all the problems of the world and how you might help solve them. All the things I have been hoping to find time again to do. Digging in the dirt the past few weeks has allowed me to dig a little deeper into my soul and really start churning up what I’m made of and better think about/define what it is that makes me tick. What will make me grow.
Working at the Greenhouse has also reminded me of a few other things I now realize were lacking in my former career and day to day ..