This weekend I’ll be doing some digging. Now while I have great appreciation for those of you who are gardeners and enjoy digging in the earth’s soil, I’m not much for digging in dirt, planting things, or even keeping living things alive. I don’t mind sweating, but I hate getting my hands dirty.
Unless I’m getting them dirty with something I’m about to eat — pizza dough, cookie dough, etc.
I realize I can wear gardening gloves, but I have bought a few pairs of said gloves in the past and that doesn’t work for me either. I tend to pick out the cute little gloves with pink flowers or red ladybugs and a little bow at the cuff. Then I don’t want to get them dirty either. So I end up handing my husband the pots, fetching tools he needs and assisting with putting the finished pot where it belongs. I might even use a cute little watering jar to water his work. But I try really hard to keep my cute little gloves and my hands clean and fresh.
I know, I have problems.
But since my husband is still recuperating from back surgery and can’t lift heavy pots or bend over for long periods of time, I will need to dig up the old, dead plants that are in the planters on our back patio this weekend. Daughter Abby is hosting her Thespian club’s spring induction reception in our backyard next Monday, so I will need to get things in better shape back there between now and then. Translation: I’ll need to get rid of the dead stuff.
I’ll have to get out a trowel and dig up the old plants by the roots. Then, as I’ve watched my husband do in the past, I’ll save about half of the old soil (or a little less) and pour new soil in to be mixed with the old before planting anything new. I think I can handle the planting part, but I’m not looking forward to digging out the old roots. Ugh!
Digging up roots can take a lot of work, especially if the root you’re trying to uproot is a root of bitterness. What’s that? Do I have those planted in my backyard? Thankfully, no. But I’ve occasionally had to dig out a bitter root from my heart.
Today I read in the Bible: