Though I recently expressed that summer is my least favorite season, it has shaped up quite nicely in terms of my work at the schoolyard garden.
I’m still tending the tiny plot at the edge of what is mostly a concrete jungle, and the nicest part of it – no offense – is that the school is almost completely empty.
I’ve turned the entire experience into my own little oasis. I drop my son off at camp and make my way over to the secret garden.
Instead of being greeted by screaming kids, honking horns or blaring announcements over the PA system, during the silent summer, I’m greeted by plants, bees, quiet and an old wooden bench where I sip my tea, read the book I’ve brought with me or just sit in silence.
Of course, there is work to be done, too, which I take on happily. I like working. A lot. I learn so much from the plants, and their process of transformation reminds me to release what has been, be here with what’s now, and look forward to the abundance to come.
Mirrors everywhere – I am grateful.
I’m also excited for the garden space to be in tip top shape when class is back in session next month. I’m weeding, planting, pruning, trimming and planning an expansion for a little lavender sitting garden. That will be a fun surprise for everyone.
The only ‘company’ I have on campus is my favorite fixture at the school – Arnold. He’s the self proclaimed ‘legend’ who has dutifully cared for the school for the past 7 years.
As janitor, he’s got a pulse on everything going on there, and he takes real good care of me, helping me whenever I need it, and leaving me alone when he sees I’m sitting in meditation while he’s cleaning nearby.
We are a good team.
His favorite nicknames for me are tomboy, sweetie, honey and dirt dog, in no particular order. I think he likes that I can wield a pick axe one day and show up in a dress and heels another.
He sees the real me.
Most of the time you’ll find him gliding through school on his sweeper. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow. He’s very Zen about it. I think it’s his moving meditation, though we don’t ever talk about it like that. Some things are better left unsaid, if you know what I mean. Mostly we just like to joke around and pose for the occasional funny photo together (see below).
Yes, these days at school it’s just me, the garden and Arnold. Taking in the sun and enjoying a little peace and quiet in a place that will soon enough be buzzing again with life and activity.